Iraqi forces facing stiff resistance from ISIS

2017-02-26 08:00
(Ahmad al-Rubaye, AFP)

(Ahmad al-Rubaye, AFP)

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South of Mosul - Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul on Saturday amid stiff resistance from entrenched Islamic State fighters, a commander on the scene said.

Special forces Lt Gen Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi said that his troops are "moving very slowly" and that ISIS fighters are responding with car bombs, snipers and dozens of armed drones. Hundreds of civilian have fled the conflict zone, he said.

The drones have caused relatively few deaths, but have inflicted dozens of light injuries that have disrupted the pace of ground operations.

Al-Saadi said he expects the pace to increase after Iraqi forces retake territory and infrastructure on Mosul's southwestern edge, which will allow them to shorten supply lines and link up with forces in the city's east.

Iraqi forces declared eastern Mosul "fully liberated" in January after officially launching the operation to retake the city in October.


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