IS attacks as poor visibility slows the Iraqi advance
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.