Islamic State cornered in Mosul as Iraq prepares victory celebrations

Islamic State cornered in Mosul as Iraq prepares victory celebrationsBy Stephen Kalin and Maher Chmaytelli MOSUL/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – Islamic State fighters were battling to hold on to the last few streets under their control in the Old City of Mosul on Monday, making a doomed last stand in their former Iraqi stronghold. In fierce fighting, Iraqi army units forced the insurgents back into a shrinking rectangle no more than 300 by 500 meters beside the Tigris river, according to a map published by the military media office. Smoke covered parts of the Old City, which were rocked by air strikes and artillery salvos through the morning.



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