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Iraqi forces effectively in control of east Mosul, go after Islamic State pockets

The Japan Times

MOSUL, IRAQ – Iraqi forces on Sunday retook two areas from the Islamic State group in Mosul, sealing their control of the east bank three months into an offensive to reclaim the city. They recaptured "Al-Milayeen neighborhood and Al-Binaa al-Jahiz area and raised the Iraqi flag over the buildings," the military said in a statement. "These are the last neighborhoods of the center of the city (on) the left bank," the statement said, referring to eastern Mosul. It also said that federal forces had retaken control of the road linking Mosul, Iraq's second city, to Dohuk, a provincial capital in the west of the autonomous region of Kurdistan. The latest progress effectively seals the Iraqi forces' control over the east bank, with only the neighborhood of Rashidiyah, on Mosul's northern edge, left to retake.


Iraqi units clear Mosul buildings after advances, IS attacks

Associated Press

People displaced by fighting between the Iraqi military and Islamic State militants pass through an alley in Gogjali, on the eastern outskirts of Mosul, Iraq, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Iraqi special forces cleared buildings on Saturday in neighborhoods they entered in Eastern Mosul a day earlier, after pushing on Islamic State militants in their drive to take back the city. A woman carries white flags as she flees from a zone of conflict between the Iraqi military and Islamic State militants in Gogjali, on the eastern outskirts of Mosul, Iraq, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi special forces cleared buildings on Saturday in neighborhoods they entered in eastern Mosul a day earlier, after pushing out Islamic State militants in their drive to take back the city.


Heavy fighting in Mosul as IS hits tank during Iraqi assault

Associated Press

People watch as safety workers try to extinguish fire from a burning oil field in Qayara, south of Mosul, Iraq, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. After the Islamic State group was pushed out of the eastern edge of Mosul this week, hundreds of civilians are now trapped on the front lines as Iraqi forces continue the operation to retake the militant held city. After the Islamic State group was pushed out of the eastern edge of Mosul this week, hundreds of civilians are now trapped on the front lines as Iraqi forces continue the operation to retake the militant held city. MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Heavy fighting erupted in the eastern neighborhoods of Mosul on Friday as Iraqi special forces launched an assault deeper into the urban areas of the city and Islamic State militants fired back, striking and disabling an Abrams tank with a rocket.


Iraqi forces enter Mosul University in battling IS for city

Associated Press

An Iraqi air force helicopter flies over Mosul as Iraqi security forces fight against Islamic State militants on the eastern side of Mosul, Iraq, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Small stalls and carts have sprung up outside the bombed-out restaurants and cafes in eastern Mosul, selling fresh vegetables, cigarettes and cellphones to the thousands of civilians still living in neighborhoods where the Iraqi military has driven out the extremists of the Islamic State group. An Iraqi air force helicopter flies over Mosul as Iraqi security forces fight against Islamic State militants on the eastern side of Mosul, Iraq, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Small stalls and carts have sprung up outside the bombed-out restaurants and cafes in eastern Mosul, selling fresh vegetables, cigarettes and cellphones to the thousands of civilians still living in neighborhoods where the Iraqi military has driven out the extremists of the Islamic State group.


100,000 Civilians Behind Islamic State Lines in Iraqi City of Mosul

U.S. News

GENEVA (Reuters) - About 100,000 civilians remain trapped behind Islamic State lines in Mosul with a U.S.-backed government offensive to recapture the Iraqi city entering its ninth month, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday.