Is­lamic State coun­ter­at­tacks slow down Mo­sul cam­paign

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

MO­SUL | Coun­ter­at­tacks by Is­lamic State mil­i­tants on the western edge of Mo­sul have stalled Iraqi forces’ push in the Old City, the last IS strong­hold in the bat­tle, an Iraqi of­fi­cer said Tues­day.

The as­saults un­der­score the Sunni ex­trem­ist group’s re­silience in the city, Iraq’s sec­ond-largest, de­spite months of heavy fight­ing with Iraqi forces backed by U.S. air power.

The ter­ri­tory that the Is­lamic State group still holds in Mo­sul has been re­duced to an area that now amounts to about 0.8 square miles in the an­cient Old City dis­trict.

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