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Civilians flee fighting in western Mosul

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 01:00

Civilians, many of them wounded, flee Islamic State's last stronghold in western Mosul as U.S.-backed Iraqi forces push deeper into the city. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Thousands of civilians, many of them wounded, fled Islamic State's last stronghold in western Mosul on Monday (February 28), reaching Iraqi forces' lines after an exhausting march through the desert. Brigadier-General Salman Hashim Hussein, a Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) officer said the number of civilians fleeing the ongoing battle in western Mosul is expected to increase. Islamic State militants had forcibly taken several dozen of civilians into Mosul in the early stage of the offensive from nearby regions to serve as human shields. U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul at the weekend, advancing in several populated southern districts after punching through the defences of Islamic State.

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Civilians flee fighting in western Mosul

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 01:00