As the battle for Mosul wages on, military forces have made advancements into the war-ravaged north eastern Iraqi city against ISIS. This is the last strong hold the militants have in the country.
On Tuesday, the world watched as troops began to breakdown walls and go forward with reclaiming Mosul, an area predominately made up of Christians and Yazidis, who are ethnically Kurdish.
According to a breaking news tweet released by the Associated Press on Tuesday, the first boots have hit the ground in Mosul:
BREAKING: An Iraqi general says his troops have entered the eastern outskirts of Mosul, and are advancing as fighting continues.
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 1, 2016
Media outlets have been reporting major break throughs against ISIS over the last several days. Including the liberation of the small Christian village of Qaraqosh, a place where they were able to have their first mass since it has been taken back from the hands of ISIS.
The first Sunday mass has been held at this Iraqi church near Mosul, two years after it was captured by ISIS. pic.twitter.com/eUgVFndAmx
— AJ+ (@ajplus) October 31, 2016
As the advancements are documented world leaders like Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi are letting the enemy know exactly what their goals are:
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) November 1, 2016
He was referring to the strategy to close off escape routes for ISIS fighters inside Mosul.
The battle against the extremist militant group has been bitter and has displaced nearly 40,000, according to Rudaw English.
— hassan (@HassanJamalmo) October 25, 2016
The town of Bartella which is located outside of Mosul was recently freed and the deserted and ghostly feeling of it can be witnessed in this video done by Rudaw English.
— Rudaw English (@RudawEnglish) November 1, 2016