Al Jazeera: Iraqi forces advance towards Mosul amid ISIL resistance
Fighting enters third day as Iraqi forces backed by coalition air strikes push towards last major ISIL stronghold.
Fighting has entered the third day as coalition forces focused efforts on the town of Hamdaniya as they march towards Mosul, the second largest Iraqi city and the last major ISIL stronghold in the country.
Explosives and booby traps laid down by ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group), also known as ISIS, slowed down the Iraqi offensive in recent days, despite air support from the US-led coalition.
ISIL snipers posed danger to Iraqi forces trying to advance towards Mosul as the coalition air strikes pounded Hamdaniya.
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