Monday, November 28, 2016

The Battle For Mosul -- News Updates November 28, 2016

Reuters: Iraqi forces say 1,000 Islamic State fighters killed in Mosul

Iraqi special forces battling to clear Islamic State from eastern Mosul have killed nearly 1,000 militants but fighting has slowed as troops face a mobile enemy hidden among thousands of civilians in the city, a top commander said.

Six weeks into a major offensive, Iraqi forces have captured nearly half of eastern Mosul, moving from district to district against jihadist snipers, suicide attackers and car bombs.

Elite Iraqi troops, known as the "Golden Division", are the only brigades to have entered Mosul from the east, with Iraqi army, federal police and Kurdish Peshmerga units surrounding the city to the north and south. Shi'ite militias are trying to complete the encirclement from the west.

The U.S.-trained Counter Terrorism Service unit breached Islamic State's defenses at the end of October, but has been slowed by the militants' mobile tactics and concern over civilian casualties preventing the use of tanks and heavy armor.

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The Battle For Mosul -- News Updates November 28, 2016

Local intel key in house-to-house battle for Iraq's Mosul -- AP
Iraqi special forces screen Mosul men in hunt for suicide bombers -- Reuters
ISIL preys on Mosul’s residents with snipers, drones and mortars -- The National
In Mosul campaign, reported civilian deaths in U.S. strikes climb -- Washington Post
Do Iraqi forces have the manpower to match their firepower in the battle for Mosul? ANALYSIS -- ABC News Online
Iraqi government forces march on in Mosul as political fight erupts -- International Business Times
Iraq hospital brimming with Mosul civilian, army casualties -- Washington Post
Battle for Mosul: Hospital treating injured pushed to breaking point with 150 admissions every day -- International Business Times
Winter closes in on refugees fleeing Iraq's Mosul -- Reuters
Little space and short supplies as Iraqis flee Mosul -- Al Jazeera
More Civilians Flee ISIS-Held Iraqi City Of Mosul -- NPR
‘We want to live again’: Mosul’s defiant citizens refuse to leave home -- The Guardian
Islamic State gone, Mosul district residents adjust to new life -- Reuters
UK commander in Iraq calls for patience over retaking Mosul from Isis -- The Guardian
Top US-led coalition general says ‘no timeline set for Mosul victory,’ calls for patience -- RT
For top Iraqi commander, Mosul offensive is personal battle -- Reuters
Susan Rice: Coalition forces have seized 55 percent of ISIS territory in Iraq -- CNN

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