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Iraqi troops resume Mosul fight after two-week lull

Iraqi troops resume Mosul fight after two-week lull”

"The operation is ongoing today and tomorrow and until we liberate the eastern side of the city completely", Lieutenant General Ali Freiji, who was overseeing army operations in the north, told Reuters. It comes after several weeks of deadlock in the most complex operation in the country since the 2003 USA -led invasion. An Operation Inherent Resolve statement said the Iraqi security forces, after a brief tactical pause in Mosul operations, had begun advancing on three axis toward Mosul's center.

About 500 soldiers from Fort Riley deployed to Iraq in the fall to help seize control of Mosul, the last major stronghold of the Islamic State in that country.

Erbil - The US-led coalition said in a statement on Sunday that ISIS is increasingly using civilian buildings as weapon storage facilities "which is forbidden according to worldwide law".

Iraq's elite CTS forces are the best-equipped, best-trained and most seasoned forces in the country but the going has been tough since Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the beginning of an operation to retake Mosul on October 17 previous year.

In a statement, the Pentagon said that a coalition airstrike hit a vehicle believed to be carrying Isis fighters.

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Coalition airstrikes have been crucial in the fight against ISIS in Iraq, but a report released earlier this month by Airwars, a London-based project that tracks the coalition's airstrikes, criticized the coalition's lack of transparency when assessing civilian casualties. They are now visible very close to the front lines.

The fall of Mosul would probably spell the end for Islamic State's ambition to rule over millions of people in a self-styled caliphate, but fighters could still mount a traditional insurgency in Iraq, and plot or inspire attacks on the West.

An officer in the federal police forces, which joined the battle on Thursday, told Reuters there were heavy clashes in the southeastern Palestine district, but they had made progress in two other neighborhoods, disabling a number of auto bombs.

Meanwhile on Thursday, attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 13 people and wounded 35 others, police said.



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