ABC News Online: Mosul: Iraq army's elite forces pause advance near IS stronghold; coalition forces fight towards city limits
An elite unit of the Iraqi army has paused its week-long advance on Mosul as it approaches the city's eastern edge, waiting for other US-backed forces to close in on the Islamic State group's last major urban stronghold in Iraq.
On the ninth day of the offensive on Mosul, Government forces and allied Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were still fighting their way toward the city's outer limits, in the early stages of an assault which could become the biggest military operation in Iraq in over a decade.
The first to get near to Mosul, advancing to within two kilometres of Iraq's second-largest city, was the elite US-trained Counter Terrorism Service (CTS).
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