An Iraqi Kurdish military official says that Peshmerga forces continue to advance and clear areas of Islamic State, with only a small percentage of Kurdish land remaining under the control of the militants.
Anwar Haji Othman, Deputy Minister for the Peshmerga, told BasNews that Kurdish forces will continue their operations until all Iraqi Kurdish land is retaken from IS.
“Only 5 percent of Kurdish land is under the control of Islamic State militants and hopefully those areas will cleared from the insurgents as soon as possible,” said Othman.
Othman added that 90 – 95 percent of the Kurdistan Region and Kurdish areas outside the KRG borders, is currently under the control of Peshmerga forces.
He also said that the recent success of Peshmerga forces to the west of Mosul has brought the destruction of IS closer.
“Now Peshmerga forces have taken control of the main road between Mosul and Tal Afar and Syria, this causes huge problems for IS militants and they won’t be able to move as freely as before,” added the Kurdish military official.
IS has left many bodies of dead jihadis in the new liberated areas west of Mosul.