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Air strikes pound Mosul in campaign to retake Iraqi city

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 01:32

Air strikes launched from helicopters target Mosul as part of Iraq's military efforts in the campaign to retake the city from Islamic State. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Helicopter air strikes hit Islamic State targets in the city of Mosul and its surrounding areas, footage released by the Iraqi Ministry of Defence on Saturday (November 12) showed. Large clouds of smoke were seen rising from buildings after air strikes were launched from helicopters belonging to the Iraqi Air Force, the Iraqi Ministry of Defence said in a statement. Iraqi military helicopters carried out 763 strikes since the start of the campaign to retake Mosul, the biggest city of Islamic State's cross-border "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria. Air strikes have destroyed five arsenal ammunitions, 19 car bombs, 15 motorbikes, four houses packed with bombs and 46 hideouts, killing 877 militants and seven snipers, the statement read. Iraqi special forces said they pushed deeper into Mosul on Friday (November 11) despite heavy resistance from Islamic State militants using civilians as cover, and were holding half a dozen city neighbourhoods seized in the last 10 days. The elite Counter Terrorism Service troops broke through Islamic State defence lines to enter the city early last week and have since been embroiled in close-quarter combat with waves of suicide bombers and snipers. The special forces are the spearhead of a wider coalition of 100,000 fighters seeking to crush a few thousand Islamic State jihadists from Mosul, where militants have been ruling for the last two years. The campaign, nearly four weeks old, is the most complex military operation in Iraq in the 13 years of turmoil since the U.S. invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

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Air strikes pound Mosul in campaign to retake Iraqi city

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 01:32