Wave of ISIS car bombs targets Iraqi troops in Mosul

2017-03-05 12:06
Iraqi families walk down a road  as they flee Mosul.  (Aris Messins, AFP)

Iraqi families walk down a road as they flee Mosul. (Aris Messins, AFP)

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Baghdad - An Iraqi commander says troops are moving toward the local government complex in Mosul's Islamic State-held western side amid the "heaviest" clashes since the start of the new push more than two weeks ago.

Major General Haider al-Maturi of the Federal Police Commandos Division told The Associated Press that ISIS militants dispatched at least six suicide car bombs, which all were destroyed before reaching the troops. He added that the militants are moving from house to house and deploying snipers.

Al-Maturi said his troops launched a fresh offensive early on Sunday morning in the Dawasa neighbourhood, adding they are about 500m away from the government complex.

He Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen TV aired live footage showing thick black smoke almost covering the sky amid a heavy exchange of fire.

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