Monday, May 15, 2017

Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates May 15, 2017

Reuters: Iraqi forces push for Mosul victory before Ramadan

Iraqi forces battled to retake districts of western Mosul still under Islamic State control on Monday, in an attempt to seize victory before the holy month of Ramadan.

After seven months of fighting, militants have been dislodged from all but a few areas of Mosul. Islamic State is expected to make a last stand around the Old City's Grand al-Nuri Mosque, where the Islamist group's black flag has been flying since June 2014.

Backed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes and advisers, Iraqi forces have made rapid gains since opening a new front in the northwest of Mosul earlier this month, closing in on the Old City.

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Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates May 15, 2017

US envoy: Fight to retake Mosul in ‘final stages’ -- AP
Iraqi Forces Make Major Advances in West Mosul as Battle Nears Endgame -- Yahoo News
Iraqi forces take over western Mosul’s Uraybi district, one of IS last havens -- Iraqi News
US-backed Iraqi forces close in on ISIS stronghold in Mosul --
S control 9% of western Mosul, chemical weapons factory seized -- Iraqi News
'Last Dying Breath': Daesh Nearly Eliminated in Battle for Mosul -- Sputnik
Iraqi forces storm Mosul neighborhoods, killing 173 ISIS militants -- Al Arabiya
Mass Islamic State fighters grave found in western Mosul -- Iraqi News
US trumpets Mosul gains, but Iraq says more aid needed -- Washington Post/AP
President Barzani emphasizes planning for Mosul to US Envoy McGurk -- RUDAW
Battle for Mosul: The dilemma facing forces up against IS -- BBC

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