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Iraq: Iraqi forces push towards IS-held mosque under heavy artillery fire02:13

Iraq: Iraqi forces push towards IS-held mosque under heavy artillery fire

Iraq, Mosul
March 22, 2017 at 13:14 GMT -00:00 · Published

The Iraqi Army soldiers on the west Mosul frontline pushed towards the Al Nuri mosque held by self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) on Wednesday.

Iraqi forces engaged in heavy artillery fire from the rooftops as they pushed towards the mosque in the old city centre. The al-Nuri mosque is the site of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's proclamation of the creation of an Islamic "caliphate".

Thousands of Mosul residents have attempted to escape the escalated fighting. Authorities in Hamam al-Ali IDP camp on the outskirts of the city reported some 2 to 3 thousand families arriving every day.

The military operation against IS in Mosul began on October 17 last year. IS captured the city in 2014 and the offensive is now fronted by the US-led anti-IS coalition and the Iraqi army, who have been carrying out airstrikes in the city. The last major city in Iraq still partly under IS control.

Iraq: Iraqi forces push towards IS-held mosque under heavy artillery fire02:13
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The Iraqi Army soldiers on the west Mosul frontline pushed towards the Al Nuri mosque held by self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) on Wednesday.

Iraqi forces engaged in heavy artillery fire from the rooftops as they pushed towards the mosque in the old city centre. The al-Nuri mosque is the site of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's proclamation of the creation of an Islamic "caliphate".

Thousands of Mosul residents have attempted to escape the escalated fighting. Authorities in Hamam al-Ali IDP camp on the outskirts of the city reported some 2 to 3 thousand families arriving every day.

The military operation against IS in Mosul began on October 17 last year. IS captured the city in 2014 and the offensive is now fronted by the US-led anti-IS coalition and the Iraqi army, who have been carrying out airstrikes in the city. The last major city in Iraq still partly under IS control.

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