Forces poised on eastern edge of Mo­sul in lib­er­a­tion as­sault

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BAZWAYA, IRAQ >> Iraqi spe­cial forces stood poised to en­ter Mo­sul in an of­fen­sive to drive out Is­lamic State mil­i­tants af­ter sweep­ing into the last vil­lage on the city’s eastern edge Mon­day while fend­ing off sui­cide car bombs with­out los­ing a sol­dier.

Ar­mored ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing Abrams tanks, drew fire from mor­tars and small arms as they moved on the vil­lage of Bazwaya in an as­sault that be­gan at dawn, while ar­tillery and airstrikes hit IS po­si­tions.

By evening, the fight­ing had stopped and units took up po­si­tions less than a mile from Mo­sul’s eastern bor­der and about 5 miles from the cen­ter, two weeks into the of­fen­sive to re­take Iraq’s sec­ond-largest city.

“We will en­ter the city of Mo­sul soon and lib­er­ate it from Daesh,” said Brig. Gen. Haider Fad­hil of Iraq’s spe­cial forces, us­ing an Ara­bic acro­nym for the ex­trem­ists. He added that more than 20 mil­i­tants had been killed while his forces suf­fered only one light in­jury.

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