Iraq troops re­sume Mo­sul of­fen­sive af­ter 2-week lull

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MO­SUL | Break­ing a two-week lull in fight­ing, Iraqi troops backed by the U.S.-led coali­tion’s airstrikes and ar­tillery pushed deeper into east­ern Mo­sul on Thurs­day in a mul­ti­pronged as­sault against Is­lamic State mil­i­tants in the city.

Elite spe­cial forces pushed into the Karama and Quds neigh­bor­hoods, while army troops and fed­eral po­lice ad­vanced into the nearby In­ti­sar, Salam and Su­mor neigh­bor­hoods. Col­umns of dark smoke rose over­head as ex­plo­sions shook the city and heavy ma­chine gun­fire echoed through the streets.

Stiff re­sis­tance by the mil­i­tants, civil­ians trapped in­side their houses and bad weather have slowed ad­vances in the more than two-month-old of­fen­sive to re­cap­ture Iraq’s sec­ond-largest city, the ex­trem­ist group’s last ur­ban bas­tion in the coun­try.

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