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Iraq: Special forces patrol Gogjali as fresh assault launched on Mosul *GRAPHIC*01:26

Iraq: Special forces patrol Gogjali as fresh assault launched on Mosul *GRAPHIC*

Iraq, Gogjali
November 4, 2016 at 12:24 GMT -00:00 · Published

Members of the Iraqi Special Operation Forces (ISOF) patrolled through Gogjali, the last village east of Mosul, Friday, following heavy fighting in the area against forces of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL). ISOF personnel came across dead IS fighters during their patrol and also inventorised weapons captured from the militants in recent days.

Iraqi government troops entered Mosul for the first time earlier this week, and have since tightened their stranglehold on the city. Baghdad troops pushed further westwards into Mosul on Friday morning under the cover of artillery fire. Pushing off from Gogjali and Karama, Iraqi forces launched assaults on several neighbourhoods including Tahrir, Quds and Malayeen. Some media reports say units have managed to reach the Tigris River which runs through the centre of the city.

The offensive to recapture Mosul from IS started on October 17. Iraqi troops together with Kurdish and Shia militias, as well as the US-led coalition forces began to encircle Mosul and cut off supply lines. Overall around 50,000 anti-IS fighters are currently involved in the operation, but in Mosul only the Iraqi military is reportedly fighting on the ground.

Prior to the government attack, the leader of IS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, allegedly issued a message in which he urged his supporters to stand their ground and make their enemies’ “blood flow like rivers." However the recording could not be verified independently.

Iraq: Special forces patrol Gogjali as fresh assault launched on Mosul *GRAPHIC*01:26
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Members of the Iraqi Special Operation Forces (ISOF) patrolled through Gogjali, the last village east of Mosul, Friday, following heavy fighting in the area against forces of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL). ISOF personnel came across dead IS fighters during their patrol and also inventorised weapons captured from the militants in recent days.

Iraqi government troops entered Mosul for the first time earlier this week, and have since tightened their stranglehold on the city. Baghdad troops pushed further westwards into Mosul on Friday morning under the cover of artillery fire. Pushing off from Gogjali and Karama, Iraqi forces launched assaults on several neighbourhoods including Tahrir, Quds and Malayeen. Some media reports say units have managed to reach the Tigris River which runs through the centre of the city.

The offensive to recapture Mosul from IS started on October 17. Iraqi troops together with Kurdish and Shia militias, as well as the US-led coalition forces began to encircle Mosul and cut off supply lines. Overall around 50,000 anti-IS fighters are currently involved in the operation, but in Mosul only the Iraqi military is reportedly fighting on the ground.

Prior to the government attack, the leader of IS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, allegedly issued a message in which he urged his supporters to stand their ground and make their enemies’ “blood flow like rivers." However the recording could not be verified independently.

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