Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Battle For The Iraqi City of Mosul -- News Updates March 21, 2017

CBS: ISIS battles U.S.-backed troops to vicious standoff in Mosul

MOSUL -- We witnessed first-hand just how vicious a street battle the fight for western Mosul has become. Heavy gunfire and explosions rang out from every direction.

It was hard to know where to take cover. Iraqi soldiers dashed across the street, dodging fire from an ISIS sniper. A mortar exploded behind us.

This is what the fight to recapture the Old City of Iraq’s second-largest metropolis has become and, right now, it’s clear ISIS still has the upper hand. Iraqi forces’ armored vehicles can’t get through the labyrinth of alleyways and narrow side streets, so soldiers have to fight this battle on foot.

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Battle For The Iraqi City of Mosul -- News Updates March 21, 2017

Iraq forces gain ground, deploy snipers in Mosul -- AFP
Joint forces liberate several areas in western Mosul -- Iraqi News
Iraq forces hunt for bombs, terrorist holdouts in Mosul campaign -- Arab news/AP/AFP
Iraqi forces control more facilities in central Mosul, 3 bombers killed -- Iraqi News
War in Mosul: Islamic State use suicide bulldozers against Iraqi forces -- Middle East Eye
Desperate ISIS forces boys to fight and shoots families as 320,000 flee Mosul -- Express
ISIS Claims U.S.-Led Coalition Killed Thousands In Mosul -- Vocativ
US Praises Iraq for Not Allowing Shiite Militia Groups in Mosul -- Sputnik
Iraqi forces try to bring civilians out of west Mosul, U.S. pledges more support -- Reuters
UN aid 'pushed to limits' as 320,000 more civilians may flee west Mosul -- UN News Centre
UN: Size of Mosul crisis exceeds our current capacity -- Middle East Monitor
Thousands Flee Mosul Daily as IS Battle Intensifies -- VOA
As life returns to eastern Mosul, people flee raging battle in west -- Euronews
Iraqis Pouring Out of Mosul Find No Place at Crowded Camps -- Reuters
Outside war-wracked Mosul, Iraqi families reunite -- The National
Caught in the crossfire: The human cost of the battle for Mosul -- France 24
Bomb-rigged homes delay return of Iraqi residents near Mosul -- Al Jazeera
Tearing down the "caliphate": on the frontline against Islamic State in Mosul -- Quentin Sommerville, New Statesman

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