Mosul offensive marches on amid fierce Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant pushback
Iraqi troops have advanced against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters towards the centre of Mosul after more than a month of hard-fought street battles. As Iraqi forces pushed into the city on Sunday, they were again slowed down by sniper fire and suicide bombings, as well as concern over the safety of civilians in a city that is home to more than one million people.” A few hundred civilians emerged from rubble-strewn frontline neighbourhoods in search of safer ground, including women and children, some of them carrying bags or small suitcases.
Speaking to local resident Abu Ammar said Mosul inhabitants were gripped with fear. “We have no water and no food and we are frightened. Children are frightened, too,” he said. “We are psychologically tired. We do not know what to do. We do not know if we should go to the camps or stay here. We are besieged here.” The Iraqi military began the campaign one month ago to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city and ISIL’s last major urban bastion in the country. Most gains have been made by the special forces operating in the section of Mosul east of the Tigris river. Other forces are advancing on the city from different directions, and the US-led coalition is providing air strikes and other support.
Iraqi forces pushed towards the centre of Mosul as ISIL fighters used car bombs and snipers.