Islamic State hits Mosul with car bomb as Iraqi army pushes offensive

November 19, 2016 20:05


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Islamic State militants detonated a car bomb in the Tahrir district of eastern Mosul on Saturday, as the elite Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) forces attempted to expand their foothold in the city.

The US-backed Iraqi troops have been facing fierce resistance from the militants, who pledged to mount more suicide attacks on the offensive to take the city.

As the offensive entered its second month, Iraqi government forces are still fighting in a dozen of about 50 neighborhood on the eastern part of Mosul, which is divided by the Tigris River that runs through its center.

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