Al Jazeera: Iraqi forces push into ISIL-held southern Mosul
Troops backed by jets battle their way to Mosul airport, as US defence chief arrives in Baghdad on unannounced visit.
Iraqi security forces have pushed into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a new offensive to drive ISIL fighters from the city's western half, as US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis arrived in Baghdad on an unannounced visit.
Iraqi forces backed by jets and helicopters battled their way to Mosul airport on Monday as they prepared to take on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group's stronghold in the city's west bank.
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