Iraq’s spe­cial forces con­trol 19 of the city’s neigh­bor­hoods

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

Iraqi spe­cial forces fight­ing Is­lamic State mil­i­tants on the east­ern side of Mo­sul have re­taken 19 neigh­bor­hoods from the ex­trem­ist group since the bat­tle for the city be­gan last month, a se­nior Iraqi com­man­der said on Wed­nes­day.

Brig. Gen. Haider Fad­hil of the spe­cial forces said his men were now about 2.5 miles from the Ti­gris river, which slices the city in half. He said the 19 neigh­bor­hoods con­sti­tuted less than 30 per­cent of the part of the city east of the Ti­gris.

The govern­ment last month launched a mas­sive cam­paign to re­take Mo­sul from IS. The offensive was launched on mul­ti­ple fronts, but most of the fight­ing to date has been con­cen­trated in the city’s east­ern sec­tor. The pres­ence in­side the city of an es­ti­mated 1 mil­lion res­i­dents has slowed down the cam­paign’s progress, with the Iraqis and their al­lies in a U.S.-led coali­tion avoid­ing the use of over­whelm­ing power to pro­tect civil­ians.

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