Is­lamic State coun­ter­at­tacks as army presses on Mo­sul

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MO­SUL | Sig­nif­i­cant Is­lamic State group coun­ter­at­tacks in south­east­ern Mo­sul in­flicted heavy losses on Iraqi forces overnight af­ter a new push deeper into the city this week, ac­cord­ing to an Iraqi Army of­fi­cer.

De­spite the coun­ter­at­tacks, the fresh Iraqi push ap­pears to have re­lieved pres­sure on Iraq’s spe­cial forces, who have been largely lead­ing the fight in­side the city on the east­ern front. The troops on Wed­nes­day cap­tured another neigh­bor­hood, bring­ing them closer to the Ti­gris River that di­vides Mo­sul’s east from west, ac­cord­ing to the com­man­der of a joint op­er­a­tions cen­ter that over­sees the Mo­sul cam­paign.

Also Wed­nes­day, the Is­lamic State group’s Amaq news agency re­leased a pro­pa­ganda video show­ing cap­tive Bri­tish pho­to­jour­nal­ist John Cantlie in what ap­peared to be cen­tral Mo­sul.

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