Kurdish forces push ISIS out of areas near Mosul

Coalition and Kurdish forces have pushed the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria from bridgeheads north of Mosul.

Kurdish peshmerga forces seized three bridgeheads — the area around the end of a bridge — on the west bank of the Tigris River north of Mosul, the coalition said Monday.

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"Kurdish Peshmerga Forces now hold the gains they have made and are postured to retake additional territory from Daesh in the vicinity of Mosul," the coalition said in a statement, using another name for ISIS. 

Coalition forces led by the United States executed four close air support airstrikes between Feb. 6 and Feb. 8 in support of Kurdish forces on the ground, the coalition said. 

“This most recent Peshmerga Operation is yet another example of how Daesh can be defeated militarily using a combination of well led and capable ground forces enabled by Coalition Aviation and Advise and Assist capabilities,” said Lt. Gen. James Terry, commander of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.

The coalition's advise and assist teams are also continuing to provide Kurdish forces with "operational and intelligence assistance."

ISIS seized Mosul in June, and the U.S.-led coalition has been preparing Iraqi and Kurdish forces to recapture the strategically important city.