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Iraqi Troops Advance in Eastern Mosul amid Fierce Clashes

16 January 2017 14:48

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A senior Iraqi commander says fierce clashes between special forces and ISIL militants are taking place in two neighborhoods in eastern Mosul.

The head of Iraq’s elite counterterrorism forces, Gen. Abdel Ghani al-Asadi, told Iraqi state TV on Monday that his forces pushed deeper into the Shurta neighborhood. Al-Asadi described the streets as “clean” of the bombs that ISIL militants usually plant to derail the troops’ movement.

Since early morning, Iraqiya TV has aired a live feed from the front lines, showing thick grey smoke rising and Humvees passing by burnt-out buildings as explosions and gunfire rattled. The camera also showed the five-star Ninevah International Hotel from a distance, one of the city’s iconic buildings located in a nearby neighborhood.

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