VIDEO : Iraqi Army Makes Further Gains in Eastern Mosul

Sat Nov 19, 2016 09:21:26

Iraqi armed forces expanded their foothold on the eastern side of ISIS' stronghold of Mosul on Friday (November 18), as the group pledged to mount more suicide attacks on their offensive to take the city.

The elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) stormed the Tahrir district on the northeastern edge of Mosul.

A loud explosion was heard several streets away from the CTS lines.

An officer said it was a suicide bomber who blew himself up after being surrounded in a house.

The CTS unit was using a drone to try to detect insurgents, Reuters reports.

Militants have been steadily retreating from areas around Mosul into the city since the battle started on Oct. 17.

As the offensive entered its second month, Iraqi government forces are still fighting in a dozen of about 50 neighbourhoods on the eastern part of Mosul, which is divided by the Tigris River that runs through its centre.

Militants are dug in among the civilians as a defence tactic to hamper air strikes, moving around the city through tunnels, driving suicide car bombs into advancing troops and hitting them with sniper and mortar fire.


SA - 12

string(580) "[{"id":"1886335","sort":"3666909","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/11/17/alalam_636150049661428666_25f_4x3.mp4","title":"VIDEO: Heavy Fighting against ISIS in Iraq’s Eastern Mosul, Civilians Flee"} ,{"id":"1886502","sort":"3666910","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/11/18/alalam_636150544461130889_25f_4x3.mp4","title":"Battlefield VIDEO: Shia Forces Capture Tal Afar Airbase West of Iraq’s Mosul"} ,{"id":"1886746","sort":"3666911","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/11/18/alalam_636150978985663148_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Peshmerga Forces to Stay in Iraq's Liberated Areas"} ]"