Friday, May 5, 2017

Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- May 5, 2017

Reuters: Iraqi forces gain foothold in northwest Mosul after surprise new push

Iraqi forces pushed further into Mosul from the north on the second day of a new push to speed up the nearly seven-month attempt to dislodge Islamic State, commanders said on Friday.

Islamic State tried to block the troops' northerly advance into their de facto Iraqi capital with suicide car bombs and sniper fire, Brigadier General Walid Khalifa, deputy commander of the 9th brigade, told Reuters in Hulayla, west of Musherfa.

His troops had killed about 30 militants, destroyed five car bombs before they could be used against them, he said.

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Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- May 5, 2017

Battle for Mosul: Iraqi army in 'final push' -- Euronews
Iraqi army launches 'final push' to defeat ISIS in Mosul five MONTHS after it was supposed to have retaken the key 'caliphate' stronghold -- Daily Mail/AFP
Fresh offensive on Mosul gains momentum -- DW
Iraq gains foothold in northwest Mosul after surprise push -- Middle East Monitor
Video from Mosul shows civilian deaths from apparent airstrike -- Washington Post
VIDEO: Baby corpses fill the streets of Mosul as US airstrikes hit refugee center (+18 graphic) -- AMN
Mosul: Iraqi army denies air raid targeted civilians -- Al Jazeera
Police say 30 IS members killed as troops advance through new Mosul axis -- Iraqi News
Senior Islamic State female vigilante found dead west of Mosul -- Iraqi News
FRONTLINE REPORT: Dodging ISIS snipers in Western Mosul -- RUDAW
U.S. Military: ‘Fewer Than a Thousand Fighters Left’ in Mosul -- CNS News
‘Let the dogs eat them’: In war-torn Mosul in Iraq, people are living among the dead -- Scroll
Iraq Grapples With Dilemma of Displaced Mosul Civilians -- VOA
250 Thousand besieged in Mosul eating plants to stay alive -- Relief Web
Mosul in ruins (Photo Gallery) -- Reuters

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