U.S.-led coalition warplanes on Tuesday struck a bridge in Daesh-held Mosul in an effort to cut the terrorist group’s supply lines in and out of the city, according to Iraqi military sources.
It is the fifth bridge in Mosul to be hit by coalition jet-fighters within the context of a weeks-long offensive to recapture the city, which Daesh overran in mid-2014.
"Coalition warplanes struck the bridge twice with a view to cutting Daesh’s supply lines," Iraqi army officer Ismail Zahid told Anadolu Agency.
The bombardments, he said, had seriously damaged the bridge, which links the city’s western and eastern halves.
"Our objective is to render the bridge inoperable without destroying it entirely," Zahid said.
In a related development Tuesday, Iraqi military aircraft dropped thousands of leaflets over Mosul urging residents to "rise up" against Daesh and support Iraqi army and security forces, the army said in a statement.
"Iraqi air-force planes have dropped thousands of leaflets over Mosul’s Al-Hawija and Al-Qaim districts," the statement read.
In a separate statement, Iraqi Army Brigadier-General Mohamed Abdel-Ghani al-Waeli said the leaflets "recounted the army’s recent victories, urged residents to help Iraqi troops against Daesh and warned the terrorist group that its end was nigh".
Once Iraq’s second largest city in terms of population, Iraqi officials have repeatedly vowed to recapture Mosul by year’s end.
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