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Islamic State steps up attacks as Mosul offensive enters week two

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 01:22

Islamic State expands its attacks against Iraqi army and Kurdish forces to relieve pressure on its militants confronting an offensive on Mosul that has taken back some 80 villages and towns from militant control. Mana Rabiee reports.

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(armed men) Shi'ite paramilitaries, along with Iraqi police, secure ground taken from Islamic State in the town of Qayyara, about 35 miles south of Mosul. (earth mover and men) They've been digging an earth embankment to secure a supply road and protect against car bomb attacks. This, as the offensive to take back the last major urban stronghold of IS in Iraq enters its second week. (vehicles) Already, some 80 villages and towns held by the militants have been liberated, and the army says close to 800 IS fighters have been killed. But IS militants have hit back, in a series of counter-attacks on far-flung targets like Kirkuk in the north and Sinjar to the west. (explosion) Still, forces from Iraq's elite Counter Terrorism Service are moving ahead. On Monday, they brought the fight to the village of Bazwaia, just several miles east of Mosul. The army is now trying to advance from the south and the east, while Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are holding fronts in the east and in the north. That brings both Iraqi and Kurdish forces closer to the edge of Mosul itself -- where the battle that's still to come will be hardest fought.

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Islamic State steps up attacks as Mosul offensive enters week two

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 01:22