Sunday, May 14, 2017

Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates May 14, 2017

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Reuters: Iraqi forces attack Islamic State in Mosul as battle approaches endgame

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into the last pocket of Mosul controlled by Islamic State militants on Sunday as the battle for the city approaches an end after seven months of gruelling urban combat.

The militants have now been dislodged from all but a handful of districts in the western half of Mosul including the Old City, where Islamic State is expected to make its last stand, taking advantage of narrow streets and its dense population.

Brigadier General Yahya Rasoul said the area controlled by Islamic State was no more than 9 percent of west Mosul, which is bisected by the River Tigris.

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Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates May 14, 2017

Iraq: New push to drive ISIS from 4 neighborhoods in Mosul -- Military Times/AP
Iraqi forces push toward ISIL's 'last pocket' in Mosul. -- Al Jazeera
Southern front lines stalled for weeks in west Mosul -- Al Monitor
On the frontline of ISIS' last stand in Iraq -- CNN
Islamic State Collapses As Military Kills ISIS Commander in West Mosul -- Newsweek
ISIS Downs Iraqi Helicopter West of Mosul -- AP
Former al-Qaeda leader, close aide to IS’s Baghdadi, killed in Mosul airstrike -- Iraqi News
Iraqi's Shiite militias launch anti-ISIS push west of Mosul -- Military Times/AP
'One small mistake and you’re dead': Defusing bombs in Mosul -- L.A. Times
Number of civilians fleeing Mosul swells: aid group -- AFP
Thousands of civilians displaced as Iraqi troops resume advance in western Mosul -- Iraqi News
Iraqis fleeing Isis face dying from lack of water as dry summer season approaches -- The Independent
Pope Francis Prays for Yazidis as Iraqi Troops Advance in Mosul -- US News and World Report/Reuters
ISIL is losing Mosul, but it is far from done -- The National editorial

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