The number of people fleeing Mosul has surged since the re-intensification of hostilities this month.
An Iraqi military spokesman told the media that Iraqi forces have recaptured nearly ninety percent of west Mosul from the Islamic State.
The Mosul campaign is the most complex battle in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
Activists from inside Mosul published pictures Tuesday night of the metal bridge, known as the Old Bridge, showing its twisted girders sinking into the water as boats were seen ferrying the residents from both banks.
Mosul is jidhadists final stronghold in Iraq.
Al-Aridi said IS militants are fighting back with snipers, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds. Thick black columns of smoke were seen billowing from the two areas.
Iraqi troops are advancing from four fronts on Mosul, the last major IS holdout in Iraq.
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Some US and Iraqi officials have said it may not even be possible to retake it this year, despite repeated vows by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
39 Indian workers were taken hostage by ISIS militants in Mosul in June 2014.
President Fuad Masum says Saturday that the move is contributing to increased tensions in the region. He calls the troops a “violation of international norms, laws and Iraq’s national sovereignty.”
The Indian Express is withholding the names of the three men identified from the photographs, as well as the others.
The frustrated families are also unsure of whom to trust: Masih, who claims that all 39 have been killed or the government, which disagrees with him.
Freedom from the Islamic State group comes at a steep price, as one newly wedded couple recently discovered. Eager to live a normal life, away from the harsh dominion of the militants’ self-styled caliphate, the young pair is searching for ways to bypass the extremists’ newly-implemented departure taxes and escape the IS-held city of Mosul. […]
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