U.S. B-52 Bomber Obliterates ISIS Headquarters
The operation to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from the control of ISIS started six months ago, but efforts have ramped up in the past few weeks. Iraqi forces say they are close to recapturing Mosul from the clutches of Islamic State. The Iraqis have received support from US-led coalition aerial bombings during Operation Inherent Resolve.
One of the targets that were obliterated by coalition bombings was the Ashur Hotel on the banks of the Tigris River. The hotel had served as a military headquarters for ISIS and on March 10 it was vaporized after a U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber destroyed the Daesh lair.
It is said that the battles near Mosul has taken the lives of six important ISIS leaders, all killed in an air strike in Iraq, but it was not clear if it was the same incident. All of the high-ranking leaders were foreign-born: Milaz Siru, a British citizen of Moroccan descent, Abdulkarim al-Rusi, a Russian, Saleh Ahmed, a French national, Abu Dihaa al-Maghribi, and Abdullah Hamud who were both Moroccan, and Yousif Awni, a Turk.
A Sky News crew barely survive an ISIS bombing and sniper fire in Mosul.
Meanwhile, in Deir ez-Zor, which is in western Syria, the Syrian Army is fighting ISIS.
Despite the advances against ISIL, the war against Islamic State continues to cause a massive humanitarian crisis in the region.