Saturday, February 25, 2017

Battle For The Iraqi City of Mosul -- News Updates February 25, 2017

Reuters: Iraqi forces push deeper into western Mosul as civilians flee

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul on Saturday, advancing in several populated southern districts after punching through the defenses of Islamic State's last major urban stronghold in Iraq a day earlier.

About 1,000 civilians walked across the frontlines, the largest movement since the new offensive launched last week to deal the ultra-hardline Sunni Muslim group a decisive blow.

In the capital Baghdad, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in the first such visit in more than a decade between Sunni Muslim-ruled Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite-led Iraq.

The new push in Mosul comes after government forces finished clearing Islamic State from the east of the city last month, confining the insurgents to the western sector across the Tigris river.

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Battle For The Iraqi City of Mosul -- News Updates February 25, 2017

Conditions deteriorate in west Mosul as Iraqi advances slow -- FOX News/AP
Iraqi Forces Face Stiff Resistance as Mosul Push Continues -- VOA
Iraqi forces advance past Mosul airport, pushing into city's west -- Jerusalem Post
Mosul battle: Civilians killed by landmines as they flee, police say -- CNN
Iraqi forces seize key power station that supplies electricity to entire Mosul -- RUDAW
ISIS drones disrupt U.S.-backed Iraqis' fight for Mosul -- CBS
‘Humanitarian situation in Mosul is incredibly desperate’ – UNHCR -- RT
'Encouraging Initial Successes' for Western Mosul, DoD Official Says -- US Department of Defense

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