Sunday, June 18, 2017

Iraqi Forces Have Launched The Final Assault To Retake Mosul's Old City From The Islamic State

Reuters: Iraqi forces launch final assault on Islamic State-held Mosul Old City

Iraqi forces began storming the Islamic State-held Old City of Mosul on Sunday, an assault they hope will be the last in the eight-month campaign to seize the militants' stronghold.

The historic district is the last still under control of the militants in the city which used to be their capital in Iraq.

It is a densely-populated maze of narrow alleyways where fighting is often conducted house by house.

About 100,000 civilians remain trapped there in harrowing conditions, with little food, water and medicine and limited access to hospitals, according to the United Nations.

"This will be a terrifying time for around 100,000 people still trapped in Mosul's Old City ... now at risk of getting caught up in the fierce street fighting to come," the International Rescue Committee (IRC) said in a statement.

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WNU Editor: I am sensing that the end-game is now in play.

More News On the Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul

Iraqi troops move into Mosul's Old City, last IS stronghold -- ABC News/AP
Iraqi forces attack Mosul's Old City -- BBC
‘They will fight to the death’: Iraqi forces start offensive to retake last area of Mosul held by militants -- Washington Post
Iraqi Troops Begin Push Into Last IS Stronghold in Mosul -- VOA
Iraq troops push into last 'Islamic State' bastion in Mosul -- DW
Battling ISIS: Iraqi Forces Storm Last Islamic State Group Stronghold in Mosul -- Newsweek
Iraqi forces launch assault to take Mosul Old City -- Al Jazeera
Islamic State-held Mosul Old City stormed by Iraqi troops -- SKY News
Iraqi army enters Old Mosul district from two sides -- RUDAW
Iraqi forces urge IS fighters to surrender as Mosul’s Old City invasion begins -- Iraqi News
Iraqi forces launch assault to retake Mosul’s Old City from ISIS -- Al Arabiya
Iraqi troops storm west Mosul’s ISIS-held Old City -- RT
Iraq: The battle for Mosul -- AFP

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