Iraqi troops search for sui­cide car bombs in east­ern Mo­sul

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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.

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