November 16, 2016


Iraqi militia threatens Islamic State's supply route to Syria (Ahmed Rasheed, 11/16/16, Reuters)

An Iraqi Shi'ite militia said on Wednesday it was on the verge of driving Islamic State fighters from an air base west of Mosul, a victory which would threaten the Sunni group's supply route from Syria to its last major stronghold in Iraq.

Some Islamic State fighters have already pulled out of the Tal Afar base and moved to the town of the same name, said Jafaar Hussaini, a spokesman for Kata'ib Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed group.

"The battle will be finished today," he said.

Should Kata'ib Hezbollah succeed, it would be a significant development in the campaign to recapture Mosul, Islamic State's de facto capital since its forces swept through Iraq in 2014 and set up a self-declared caliphate in a swathe of Syria and northern Iraq.

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