Iraqi forces bat­tling mil­i­tants ad­vance deeper into Mo­sul

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BAGH­DAD — Iraqi forces reached one of Mo­sul’s five de­stroyed bridges on Mon­day as they pushed deeper into the western half of Iraq’s sec­ond­c­ity, driv­ing Is­lamic State mil­i­tants back with the help of U.S.-led airstrikes.

Maj. Gen Thamir al-Hus­saini said the mil­i­ta­rized Fed­eral Po­lice ad­vanced in the face of snipers, anti-tank mis­siles and sui­cide car bombs, de­scrib­ing “fierce” clashes in which Iraqi forces suf­fered ca­su­al­ties, with­out pro­vid­ing ex­act num­bers.

Medics at one field hos­pi­tal said they had re­ceived more than 20 ca­su­al­ties. U.S.-led airstrikes dis­abled the bridges in a bid to iso­late the mil­i­tants in the western half of the city. Iraq de­clared eastern Mo­sul “fully lib­er­ated” last month, but mil­i­tants have car­ried out at­tacks there since then.

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