Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates April 4, 2017

Reuters: U.N. expands civilian camps as air strikes resume on Mosul

The United Nations said on Tuesday it was expanding camps for people fleeing Mosul, as air strikes resumed on Islamic State positions in Iraq's second largest city.

More than 300,000 people have fled Mosul since the start of the U.S.-backed campaign in October, the office of the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq said in a statement.

Before the operation to drive Islamic State from the city began, Mosul had a population of about a million and half, split about evenly between the areas east and west of the Tigris river that runs through the middle.

Iraqi forces captured the eastern side in January and in February launched a second phase to take the western side, with air and ground support from a U.S.-led coalition.

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The Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates April 4, 2017

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq -- US Department of Defense
Many airstrikes in Mosul go unreported, civilian victims say -- USA Today
In West Mosul, Iraqi Troops With Heavy Weapons Battle ISIS Snipers -- War Is Boring
Iraqi Forces Close In on Great Mosque Where Baghdadi Took ISIS Public -- TIME
35 killed, injured as IS militants shell gas bombs west of Mosul -- Iraqi News
Daesh Slaughters Over 30 Mosul Residents for Trying to Flee Fighting -- Sputnik
Iraqi man loses 14 relatives in Mosul strike -- AP
'Take Ahmed and let me die': Victims of U.S. airstrike in Mosul recount a day of horror -- L.A. Times
Mosul from the sky: Evidence of IS using human shields -- BBC
PMUs: IS fighters numbers in Mosul at 2000, 5000 in Nineveh -- Iraqi News
IS Chief Al-Baghdadi has fled Mosul long time ago: PM Abadi -- Iraqi News
Civilians to be evacuated ahead of launching wide operations in Mosul, IS leaders killed: Commander -- Iraqi News
Number of People Displaced From Mosul Exceeds 300,000, U.N. Says -- Reuters
What it is like to live as one of Isis's 400,000 'human shields' in west Mosul -- Patrick Cockburn, The Independent
Battle for Mosul: Children face life-changing injuries -- Al Jazeera
Russia condemns 'absurd' U.S. statement on civilian deaths in Mosul -- UPI
Mosul Offensive a Year On: Blitzkrieg Turned Long, Bloody Struggle -- Sputnik
In Iraq, Trump's son-in-law Kushner goes to base 10 miles from Mosul -- Reuters

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