ISIS militants' escape routes found

PHOTOS: REUTERS
An Iraqi special forces soldier (right) climbs down a tunnel used by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militants inside a house in the town of Bartalla, east of Mosul, while another soldier (above) inspects a similar tunnel inside an eatery in Bazwaia
PHOTOS: REUTERS

An Iraqi special forces soldier (1st photo) climbs down a tunnel used by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militants inside a house in the town of Bartalla, east of Mosul, while another soldier (2nd photo) inspects a similar tunnel inside an eatery in Bazwaia village. Bartalla was recaptured by Iraqi forces last week. The Iraqi forces, backed by a US-led coalition, are advancing towards Mosul, as Washington urged quick action to retake Raqqa in Syria, another ISIS stronghold where the militants are believed to be planning terror attacks on the West.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 28, 2016, with the headline 'ISIS militants' escape routes found'. Print Edition | Subscribe