TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) managed to cut a major path linking the town of Tal Afar, 55 km (35 miles) west of Mosul, with the town of Sinjar, 110 km (68 miles) northwest of Mosul, after fully clearing the strategic road of Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists.

According to the latest reports coming out of Mosul, Hashid al-Shaabi voluntary forces (also known as the Popular Mobilization Units) on Tuesday continued to make gains against Daesh in west of Mosul, inching closer to the Tal Afar-Sinjar road.

The forces succeeded in cutting the road and fully retaking the villages of Kharab al-Jihash and Tal Abra.

The path connecting the two villages of Zariqi and Sharia al-Janub in the west of Tal Afar was also cut, the report added.

The Iraqi forces further liberated Sharia al-Shamal village.

The latest developments are parts of a large-scale offensive which the Iraqi army, the voluntary forces and Kurdish fighters launched on October 17 to retake Mosul.

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 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.