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Iraq to launch second phase attacks to liberate Mosul

Iraq to launch second phase attacks to liberate Mosul

Iraqi forces punched into eastern Mosul after the massive operation to recapture the northern city from the ISIS group was launched on October 17, but progress slowed to a crawl. It is the biggest Iraqi military operation since the 2003 USA -led invasion.

The military has not entered the city's western side, whose built-up markets and narrow alleyways dating back more than two millennia will likely complicate advances.

The airstrike was conducted Thursday and destroyed a van that had Islamic State fighters inside firing a recoilless rifle, but coalition officials later determined the target was struck in the parking lot of a hospital where civilians might have been present, according to an Operation Inherent Resolve statement.

The airstrike was carried out at the request of the Iraqi forces, the statement added. They are now visible very close to the front lines.

An army colonel said Iraqi forces had suffered few casualties so far.

The latest push, aided by airstrikes and artillery from a US -led coalition, is taking place under clear and sunny skies and, if the weather holds, was expected to continue until all forces in the eastern sector reach the Tigris River.

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This is not the first time that a hospital in Mosul has been bombed by the Coalition.

He said the Daesh terrorists have lost about 60 percent of their military facilities on the eastern banks of the Tigris River. "In the coming days, Iraqi forces will liberate the entire left bank of Mosul and after that we will tackle the right".

The city is still home to around a million people. Iraqi forces searched the civilians and let them continue to a nearby village.

In the battle for Mosul, the last major stronghold of the Islamic State, civilians are paying a growing price, with more and more dead and wounded flowing out of the dense, urban battle zones each day.

Since the offensive began 10 weeks ago, US -backed forces have retaken a quarter of Mosul in the biggest ground operation in Iraq since the 2003 USA -led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

The troops have faced gruelling urban fighting, often house to house against ISIS militants who have had more than two years to dig in and prepare. Some 120,000 have fled since the operation began October 17, according to the United Nations.


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