Report: Iraqi Shi'ite forces to cut off west Mosul today

BAGHDAD - Iraq's Popular Mobilization Shi'ite forces aim to cut the western supply route out of the Islamic State-held city of Mosul on Thursday, the leader of the largest militia told Iraqi television.
"Today, God willing, is the completion of the first stage of the Hashid (Popular Mobilization) operations - that is cutting the supply route of the enemy between Tal Afar and the Muhalabiya district, reaching to Mosul," Hadi al-Amiri, the leader of the Badr Organization said.Tal Afar lies about 55 km (35 miles) west of Mosul, on the way to Islamic State-controlled regions of neighboring Syria. Cutting off the western side of the city will leave Islamic State enclosed on four axes.
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