BBC: Mosul battle: Iraqi forces near city's eastern outskirts
Iraqi special forces are now less than 1.5km from the eastern outskirts of Mosul and are preparing to enter the city held by Islamic State fighters.
Hundreds of Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) troops entered Bazwaya, the last village before the city limits, after launching a dawn assault on Monday.
A BBC correspondent travelling with them says there was some resistance, with car bombs targeting the convoy.
Units of the army's ninth division are meanwhile advancing from the south.
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