Battle for Mosul
MOSUL: Iraqi forces began an assault on Sunday on Mosul’s Old City, attempting to break into a maze of narrow streets and alleyways where hundreds of hardened Islamic State militants are expected to make a last bloody stand.
Clouds of smoke rose above the historic city centre in the early hours of the morning as a barrage of artillery and US-led coalition jets struck militant targets. Helicopters strafed the area as elite Iraqi counterterrorism forces prepared to storm it on foot.
“They are besieged, they will fight to the death,” said Master Sergeant Latif Omran, near the front line.