Anti-Islamic State forces gaining momentum: US officials

Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk said that IS' days in Iraq are "numbered"

By: AP | Washington | Published: June 28, 2016 9:43:11 pm
Iraq, ISIS, IS, Islamic State, US, US news, IS news, world news, Iraq news, anti-IS forces, latest news US Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk, the US representative to the anti-Islamic State coalition, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2016 before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

The US representative to the anti-Islamic State coalition says morale inside the extremist group is plummeting as the forces arrayed against it are gaining momentum.

During congressional testimony Tuesday, Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk says the Islamic State’s days in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, are “numbered.”

The Islamic State remains firmly in control of Mosul, which was once home to a million people.

Iraqi leaders have pledged to liberate Mosul this year. But McGurk says the US won’t put a timeline on the Mosul operation.

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McGurk’s testimony comes two weeks after a lone gunman who pledged solidarity with the Islamic State killed 49 people and injured 53 at an Orlando nightclub.

McGurk says no direct link has been found between the Orlando gunman and the Islamic State.

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