Iraq slows advance on last IS pocket in Mosul packed with civilians

Iraq slows advance on last IS pocket in Mosul packed with civiliansBy Maher Chmaytelli and Stephen Kalin MOSUL/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi forces slowed their advance on Tuesday through the last streets in Mosul controlled by Islamic State where militants and civilians are packed in densely together, a commander said. While Iraqi commanders predicted final victory in Mosul this week, U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced they had begun an assault on Islamic State’s Syrian redoubt in the Old City of Raqqa.



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