Iraqi troops search for suicide car bombs in eastern Mosul
MOSUL, Iraq — Iraqi troops fighting Islamic State militants in the eastern outskirts of Mosul regrouped on Monday in neighborhoods they recently retook from the extremist group, conducti ng house- t o- house searches and looking for would- be suicide car bombs, a top Iraqi commander said.
Maj. Gen. Sami al-Aridi of the Iraqi military’s special forces told The Associated Press that his men also foiled two attempted suicide car bombings earlier in the day, firing from a U.S.-made tank on the approaching vehicles, which exploded before hitting their intended targets.
A civilian woman was wounded in the blasts, the commander said.
The Iraqi military launched a campaign on Oct. 17 to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city and the extremist group’s last major urban bastion in the country.