Smoke billows from the Islamic State militants positions after an artillery attack by the Iraqi soldiers in western Mosul, Iraq June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Reuters: Iraqi forces storm Old City of Islamic State-held Mosul, U.S. reports progress
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 the Iraqi capital of the group, also known as ISIS.
"Iraqi forces early this morning breach into old Mosul, the final ISIS-held district in the city," Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the international coalition fighting Islamic State, said on Twitter. "We are proud to stand with them."
It is a densely-populated maze of narrow alleyways where fighting is often conducted house by house.
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