IS at­tacks as poor vis­i­bil­ity slows the Iraqi ad­vance

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Cloudy skies neu­tral­ized air power in Mo­sul on Thurs­day, Iraqi forces said, ham­per­ing their ad­vance in the north­ern city, al­though they still faced deadly at­tacks by Is­lamic State mil­i­tants that killed seven civil­ians and two sol­diers.

The civil­ians were killed and 35 oth­ers were wounded when mil­i­tants fired mor­tar rounds on gov­ern­ment­con­trolled ar­eas of east­ern Mo­sul, said army medic Bashir Jabar, who is in charge of a field clinic run by the spe­cial forces.

A soldier was killed and three were wounded when a car packed with ex­plo­sives sped out from its hid­ing spot in the east­ern Tahrir neigh­bor­hood, ram­ming Iraqi troops’ po­si­tion and ex­plod­ing into a ball of fire. An­other soldier was shot and killed by a sniper in the Bakir neigh­bor­hood. Clouds over Iraq’s sec­ond-largest city ob­scured the vis­i­bil­ity of drones and war­planes. The troops used the pause to se­cure ar­eas they had seized.

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