Mo­sul res­i­dents take ad­van­tage of bat­tle lull to flee:

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Thou­sands of Iraqis surged out of western Mo­sul on Satur­day, dur­ing a lull in heavy fight­ing in dis­tricts around the densely pop­u­lated Old City where Iraqi forces are fac­ing fierce re­sis­tance from Is­lamic State mil­i­tants. Five months into the bat­tle to take the ex­trem­ist group’s last bas­tion in Iraq, gov­ern­ment forces have cleared the east and half of western Mo­sul, and are now fo­cused on con­trol­ling the Old City as well as the strate­gic al-Nuri Mosque.

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