Stratfor: The Grueling Battle for Western Mosul
Battered by U.S. airstrikes and persistent clashes between Iraqi and Islamic State forces, western Mosul has taken a beating over the past few weeks. Four months into the anti-Islamic State campaign in the city, Iraqi troops retook the eastern portion of the city and moved into the west.
Western Mosul is the core of the Islamic State's resistance. An estimated 2,000 Islamic State fighters are still in the area, along with more than 750,000 civilians, some of whom are suspected sympathizers of the extremist group. On top of that, the dense, cramped quarters of western Mosul's Old City present an urban warfare environment even more challenging than that of the city's east. The fight for western Mosul is a critical turning point in the operation to retake the city, and it is the most grueling battle yet.
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Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates April 14, 2017
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