Monday, March 20, 2017

The Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates March 20, 2017

Reuters: IS force young men to fight in defense of Mosul: refugees

Islamic State militants are forcing young men in western Mosul to fight for them in defense of the remaining pockets of their former stronghold against an Iraqi government assault, fleeing residents and Iraqi officers said on Monday.

The forced recruitment is a sign that the hardline militants are growing more desperate as the battle for what was once the de facto capital of their self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate enters its sixth month.

Elite Federal Police and Rapid Response units on Monday resumed their cautious advance on the al-Nuri Mosque in western Mosul's Old City. But thousands of people took advantage of the fog and rain in the early morning to flee Islamic State-controlled areas and reach the safety of government lines.

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The Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates March 20, 2017

Iraq forces push into Old Mosul as thousands trapped -- AFP
Iraq pushes into Mosul's Old City in effort to capture iconic mosque -- UPI
Iraqi Troops Enter Area Around Mosul's Symbolic Mosque -- VOA
Iraqi forces penetrate alleys of the Old City of Mosul -- Al Arabiya
Security forces storm Najifi Street in central Mosul -- Iraqi News
Islamic State Militants Capture Iraqi Police Colonel, Eight Officers in West Mosul: Official -- Reuters
ISIS Has Been Using Kia SUVs As Their Vehicle Of Choice In Mosul -- Task & Purpose
US bombers destroy hotel 'used as an ISIS headquarters' in Mosul -- Daily Mail
U.S. and coalition airstrikes against ISIS spike as Mosul, Raqqa offensives heat up -- Air Force Times
U.S. base rises from the rubble for Mosul push -- Reuters
Mosul battle: 180,000 civilians flee as Iraqi troops advance -- BBC
Iraqis Pouring Out of Mosul Find No Place at Crowded Camps -- US News and World Report/Reuters
Mosul civilians between 'a rock and a hard place' - ISIS & US-led coalition strikes -- RT
300,000 more civilians may flee western Mosul as fighting intensifies – UNHCR spokesman to RT -- RT

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