- Title: Iraqi forces resume Mosul offensive against Islamic State
- Date: 29th December 2016
- Summary: INTISAR NEIGHBOURHOOD, EASTERN MOSUL, IRAQ (DECEMBER 29, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF IRAQI ARMY TANKS FIRING VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS BELONGING TO RAPID RESPONSE UNIT PREPARING MISSILES VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS LOADING MISSILES INTO LAUNCHERS IRAQI FLAG SEEN ON A TANK VARIOUS OF SMOKE RISING FROM A LOCATION HIT BY A COALITION AIR STRIKE ARMY COMMANDER SPEAKING TO SOLDIERS SOLDIER LOADING SHELLS INTO A TANK TANK FIRING VARIOUS OF A STREET IN NEIGHBOURHOOD TANKS MOVING THROUGH STREET SOLDIERS RUNNING UP STAIRS VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS FIRING MACHINE GUNS FROM A ROOF HOLE IN WALL USED TO FIRE THROUGH SOLDIER FIRING HIS WEAPON VARIOUS OF SMOKE RISING FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS FIRING THEIR WEAPONS FROM ROOF TANK FIRING MILITARY HELICOPTER FIRING MISSILE MEMBERS OF RAPID RESPONSE UNIT STANDING BY TRUCK (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MEMBER OF RAPID RESPONSE UNIT, LIEUTENANT ABDELAZIZ SHAMARI, SAYING: "The rapid response units began advancing through the Intisar neighbourhood. We were able to liberate a large section of the neighbourhood, and in the next few days our operations will continue until we cleanse the last inch of Mosul and Iraq."
- Embargoed: 13th January 2017 16:38
- Keywords: Intisar Mosul Iraq army tanks missiles Islamic State Daesh
- Location: INTISAR NEIGHBOURHOOD, EASTERN MOSUL, IRAQ
- City: INTISAR NEIGHBOURHOOD, EASTERN MOSUL, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA0015EXSYTJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Iraqi security forces began the second phase of their offensive against Islamic State militants in Mosul on Thursday (December 29), pushing from three directions into eastern districts where the battle has been deadlocked for nearly a month.
U.S.-backed forces have retaken a quarter of the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq in the biggest ground operation there since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein.
More than 5,000 soldiers and federal police troops, redeployed from Mosul's southern outskirts, entered half a dozen southeastern districts, while counter-terrorism forces advanced in al-Quds and Karama districts after reinforcements arrived.
A U.S.-led coalition backing the Iraqis said the operation had opened two new fronts inside Mosul and limited Islamic State's ability to raise fighter numbers, move them or resupply.
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