Iraqi forces make advances against ISIS in Mosul

By REUTERS
January 9, 2017 18:59

 
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MOSUL, Iraq - Iraqi special forces made further advances against Islamic State in Mosul on Monday, pushing militants from another eastern district and edging closer to army units nearby, officers in the city said.

The Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) said it was working to seize areas overlooking Mosul University in the city's northeast, after taking over a nearby district.

The ground troops and a US-led coalition backing them launched rockets and air strikes against the militants, who responded with mortars and sniper fire. Residents trickled out of the conflict zone but many also returned to their homes in areas retaken from Islamic State in recent days.

The latest advances brought more of eastern Mosul under Iraqi forces' control a day after elite units reached the Tigris river, as the US-backed offensive to drive Islamic State from its last major stronghold in the country pressed ahead with renewed vigor.

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