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Footage has been released by the U.S. Coalition that shows the destruction by airstrike of a hotel in Mosul it claims was used as the headquarters for the Islamic State.
U.S.-led Coalition Airstrikes in Mosul destroy ISIS Headquarters
Officials from Operation Inherent Resolve, the operational name of the Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF), released on Monday footage of airstrikes targeted on the Ashur Hotel in Mosul, Iraq.
Officials confirmed in a report released by the Department of Defense, that two buildings held by ISIS were destroyed in operation. Also, other vital targets were destroyed including supply routes, tactical units, and various weapons systems.
Officials from Operation Inherent Resolve also stated that the Ashur Hotel, located on the banks of the River Tigris, was the target because of it has served as a military headquarters for ISIS.
The U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on have now reportedly started the operation to reclaim the former ISIS-held area on March 10. The military officials of the Iraqi alliance have claimed that victory is imminent in the ongoing battle against ISIS forces in Mosul, Iraq.
There are increasing suspicions held amongst U.S. Military leaders that ISIS, to defend the Mosul region, is employing chemical weapons. The territory is believed to be the final major stronghold held by ISIS in Iraq.
President Donald Trump, in his debut speech to Congress, has vowed to eradicate ISIS and “work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet.” in order to combat “radical Islamic terrorism, “, this is a term both former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refused to use. They described radical Islamic terrorism, generally, as “extremism.”
The area surrounding the Ashur Hotel was captured by the U.S. Supported Iraqi forces on March 14, these forces have since continued their push forward into Mosul’s Old City in Northern Iraq.
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