BAGHDAD (Press Shia Agency) – The fourth phase of a massive military operation to liberate the northern Iraqi city of Mosul from the Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorist group has begun.

According to Press Shia Agency dispatches, this phase of the operation in west of Mosul got underway on Tuesday and aims to cut supplies between the northern city and Raqqah in Syria.

It is part of a large-scale offensive which the Iraqi army, the voluntary forces and Kurdish fighters launched on October 17 to retake Mosul.

So far, Iraqi troops have reportedly liberated more than 100 towns, killed 1,700 terrorists and destroyed 650 of their vehicles since they began the decisive battle.

Earlier, Hashid al-Shaabi troops (the voluntary forces, also known as the Popular Mobilization Units) liberated the al-Taybah and al-Farsiyah hills, southwest of Mosul.

The recapture of Mosul would mark the Takfiri militants’ effective defeat in the Iraqi half of the territory they seized in 2014.