Monday, October 31, 2016

The Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates October 31, 2016

CNN: Battle for Mosul: The Iraqi fighters closing in on ISIS

Bazwaya, Iraq (CNN)It is across the ghostly silence and dense dust of the berms between ISIS' Mosul and advancing Iraqi special forces that the final chapter of ISIS' extinction in Iraq will play out.

Yet at dusk on Saturday, the 2 kilometers between the US-trained Golden Division and the medieval world of the so-called caliphate suddenly were aflame with the loathing and terror of the world's war on ISIS.

Tracer rounds flashed across the horizon; the sparks and thud of countless explosions rocked the tiny village of Bazwaya, split in two by the closing stages of this battle. Ferocious and constant, it came closer and closer to the Iraqi base where we filmed from a rooftop.

By the end of the fearsome exchange -- which fell silent after heavy artillery flew over our heads -- a staggering 14 Iraqi soldiers were dead, some of the worst losses sustained by the unit.

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The Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates October 31, 2016

Mosul Offensive Day 15: Live Updates -- RUDAW
Iraqi special forces take village, position on Mosul's edge -- AP
Iraqi forces make first push into Mosul -- Reuters
Iraqi forces prepare to break into Mosul in battle against Islamic State -- Washington Post
Mosul: Iraqi forces attempt first push into Islamic State stronghold as offensive enters third week -- ABC News Online
Iraqi troops to enter Mosul in 'matter of hours' -- CNN
Iraqi troops enter Karama, first district inside Mosul - officer -- Reuters
Iraqi troops three miles from Mosul, reports say -- USA Today
Iraqi forces approaching eastern districts of Mosul, reports say -- The Guardian
Iraqi, Kurdish forces put the squeeze on ISIS -- Straits Times
Iraqi Forces Approach Mosul Amid Warning Battle Won't Be 'Picnic' -- NBC
Peshmerga complete advance against ISIS, Iraqi army pushes on to Mosul -- RUDAW
Mosul: Thousands of Shiite militiamen join fight against Islamic State -- ABC News Online
Freed from terror: Scores of terrified women and children ‘human shields’ are rescued as Iraqi forces get within just a few hundred yards from ISIS's Mosul bastion -- Daily Mail
Battle for Mosul: Civilians Caught Between ISIS, Iraq Forces -- NBC
A conversation with the general running the war against ISIS -- CNN
Forces operating in Iraq's Mosul theatre -- AFP

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