CNN: Mosul: Most intense day of fighting since offensive began
Near Mosul, Iraq (CNN)Iraqi-led forces engaged Thursday in the most intense fighting yet in the battle to liberate the city of Mosul from two years of brutal ISIS rule, on day four of an offensive that's been met with fierce resistance from ISIS fighters.
But with the clashes have come sweeping gains -- the coalition has now recaptured at least 100 square kilometers of territory, a CNN analysis of the battlefield shows.
Iraqi Maj. Gen. Maan al-Saadi said 200 ISIS fighters were killed as Iraqi forces took the Christian town of Bartella from ISIS militants, the latest territorial win for a coalition of around 100,000 people quickly closing in on Mosul.
The Iraqi-led coalition launched the operation on Monday to retake Mosul, seen as the cultural capital of ISIS's envisaged caliphate, or so-called Islamic State.
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