Iraqi troops face stiff re­sis­tance from IS

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

Iraqi troops faced stiff re­sis­tance Satur­day from Is­lamic State mil­i­tants as they pushed deeper into east­ern Mo­sul, backed by aerial sup­port from the U.S.-led in­ter­na­tional coali­tion, a se­nior mil­i­tary com­man­der said.

Troops moved into the Muharabeen and Ulama neigh­bor­hoods af­ter fully lib­er­at­ing the ad­ja­cent Tahrir neigh­bor­hood on Fri­day, said Maj. Gen. Sami al-Aridi of the Iraqi spe­cial forces. Al-Aridi said IS mil­i­tants were fight­ing back with snipers, rocket-pro­pelled grenades and mor­tar rounds.

Thick black col­umns of smoke were seen bil­low­ing from the two ar­eas, while dozens of civil­ians were seen flee­ing to government-con­trolled ar­eas. Shortly be­fore noon, a sui­cide bomber emerged from a house in the Tahrir neigh­bor­hood and at­tacked se­cu­rity forces, wound­ing four troops. Later in the af­ter­noon, another sui­cide car bomber hit the troops in the Aden neigh­bor­hood, killing a sol­dier.

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