Mo­sul, Iraq

The Week Middle East - - News -

Fierce re­sis­tance: Daesh fight­ers kept up their fierce de­fense of the south­ern ap­proaches to Mo­sul, which has held up Iraqi troops. Ten days into what is ex­pected to be the big­gest ground of­fen­sive in Iraq since the US-led in­va­sion of 2003, army and fed­eral po­lice units aim to dis­lodge the mil­i­tants from vil­lages in the re­gion of Shora, 30 kilo­me­tres south of Mo­sul. The front­lines in other ar­eas have moved much closer to the edges of the city, the last ma­jor strong­hold un­der con­trol of the mil­i­tants in Iraq, who have held it since 2014. Ac­cord­ing to a mil­i­tary spokesman, the mil­i­tants have been us­ing sui­cide car bombs ex­ten­sively to fight off the ad­vanc­ing troops. UN aid agen­cies said the fight­ing has so far forced about 10,600 peo­ple to flee.

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