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Weary and Wary, Iraq Special Forces Fight ‘House-By-House’ in Mosul | US News
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Weary and Wary, Iraq Special Forces Fight ‘House-By-House’ in Mosul | US News

Iraqi special forces are engaged in a punishing and paranoid close-quarters battle against Islamic State in western Mosul as they seek to drive the jihadists out of their last urban bastion in Iraq and deal a major blow to their self-styled caliphate.

Mosul is divided by the Tigris river that runs through it, north to south. Iraqi forces, supported by a U.S.-led coalition, pushed into the western side of the city last month after recapturing the east in an offensive that began late last year.

The urban warfare is now more intense than ever, both because Islamic State fighters have been backed into one half of the city and because the west – home to the old city and city center – is more densely populated.

Source: Weary and Wary, Iraq Special Forces Fight ‘House-By-House’ in Mosul | World News | US News