Monday, November 14, 2016

The Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates November 14, 2016

Wall Street Journal: Iraqis Push Deeper Into Islamic State’s Mosul Stronghold

Militants have been ousted from a number of neighborhoods in the campaign to retake the city.

MOSUL, Iraq—Iraqi troops pushed deeper into the country’s second largest city on Sunday, securing densely populated areas as commanders said Islamic State resistance began to buckle.

“The first neighborhoods were the hardest because Daesh desperately fought to retain them. Now, as we go forward, I expect the battle to get easier,” said Brig. Gen. Maan al Saadi, the commander of the 2nd Group of Iraqi Special Operations Forces, which are spearheading the Mosul offensive. Daesh is the Arabic acronym for the terrorist group.

“The enemy is collapsing and losing control, and we are now taking only two days to seize a neighborhood where we planned to be fighting for four days,” he said.

In the Arpachiya neighborhood, secured on Saturday, Abed Abu Ahmed marked the first morning free of Islamic State with a shave. The 63-year-old engineer stood outside his home Sunday, small cuts on his chin the only reminder of the beards Islamic State mandated for all adult males.

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The Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates November 14, 2016

Iraq troops aim to tighten noose on Islamic State in Mosul -- Reuters
Shaves at barber's, corpses in streets as Islamic State retreats in Mosul -- Reuters
Iraqi Troops Enter Town of Famed Ancient Ruins Near Mosul -- AP
Iraq forces capture villages surrounding ancient Nimrud -- Al Jazeera
Islamic State ousted from Yazidi villages west of Mosul -Kurdish-Yazidi force -- Reuters
Street battles rage in Mosul suburbs as ISIL hits back -- Al Jazeera
Iraq police fear ISIS poison gas attacks in Mosul -- RUDAW
Iraqi forces battling for Mosul discover massive secret ISIS missile factory amid savage street fighting -- Mirror
Video: Fighting the Islamic State group in Mosul with Iraq's elite Golden Division -- France 24
Iraqi troops listen in on IS walkie-talkies in Mosul -- AFP
Grenade-carrying drone adds to Islamic State arsenal around Mosul -- The Times of Israel
Iraqi civilians stranded north of Mosul grow desperate -- Reuters
'Running among bullets': Mosul families tell of desperate flight from ISIS -- CNN
Mosul soldier's chance reunion with mother on bus -- BBC
What follows after Islamic State retreat from Mosul may be far worse -- UPI

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