Iraqi soldiers are in control of the road linking west Mosul with Daesh-held town of Tal Afar, isolating terrorists in the city, a senior commander said Wednesday.
Iraqi forces have also moved through the surrounding desert to cut the area off from Tal Afar and increase pressure on the radicals.
“We control the road by fire,” said Staff Lt. Gen. Qassem Al-Maliki, the commander of Iraq’s 9th Armored Division.
Al-Maliki said that while his soldiers have not reached the road, they can fire on targets on it, putting it under their effective control.
Ahmed Sami Khider and Hisham Fadlallah died during the weekend, the BBC said, with Khider believed to have been killed in a convoy as it left Mosul.
Britain’s Foreign Office said it was unable to confirm the deaths.
The two men had been part of a group of nine mainly British-Sudanese medical students from Khartoum’s University of Medical Sciences and Technology who had joined Daesh in 2015.
Five other Britons from the institution joined them soon afterward and at least four had now been killed, the BBC said.