Mo­sul of­fen­sive marches on amid fierce Islamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant push­back

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Aleppo:

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.

Aljazeera

Iraqi forces pushed to­wards the cen­tre of Mo­sul as ISIL fight­ers used car bombs and snipers.

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