U.S.-backed Iraqi forces say Islamic State fighters are trapped in western Mosul.
The Iraqi army has surrounded Mosul and is now is control of the last road leading out of the city.
U.S. Envoy Brett McGurk said Sunday, “ISIS is trapped. … Any of the fighters left in Mosul, they’re going to die there.”
U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into Mosul to take positions still held by IS militants.
Iraqi Staff Major General Maan al-Saadi told the French news agency, AFP, that “around more than a third” of western Mosul is under the control of Iraqi units.
Large plumes of smoke could be seen Sunday above the city’s skyline as a series of explosions was heard.
Since the government’s initial push into the western side of the city began February 19, U.S. and Iraqi commanders have described fierce IS resistance as the extremist force seeks to hold its last significant urban area in the war-ravaged country.
U.S.-led coalition troops, officially deployed as trainers and advisers, have assisted the Iraqi force in the Mosul offensive.
Iraqi forces retook the eastern part of the city earlier this year after an offensive began October 17.
Large numbers of civilians have fled the fighting.