- Title: Iraqi forces launch second phase of Mosul offensive against Islamic State
- Date: 30th December 2016
- Summary: MOSUL, IRAQ (DECEMBER 30, 2016) (REUTERS) MILITARY IN INTISAR DISTRICT / FLAGS / AUDIO OF GUNFIRE / ARMOURED VEHICLE WITH IRAQ FLAG DRIVING CIVILIANS CARRYING BELONGINGS LEAVING MAN CARRYING CHILD WITH WHITE FLAG VARIOUS OF SMOKE RISING IN DISTANCE ARMOURED VEHICLE / MILITARY MILITARY MARKSMAN ON ROOF / AUDIO OF GUNFIRE SECURITY FORCES SHOWING VICTORY SIGNS AND THUMBS UP VARIOUS OF SMOKE RISING FROM BEHIND BUILDING / AUDIO OF GUNFIRE TANK DRIVING PAST CIVILIANS STREET SCENE / ARMOURED VEHICLE DRIVING
- Embargoed: 14th January 2017 11:26
- Keywords: Iraq Mosul Intisar Islamic State military offensive
- Location: MOSUL, IRAQ
- City: MOSUL, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA0015F2RTJB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Iraqi forces began the second phase of their offensive against Islamic State militants in Mosul, 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 city since the Mosul offensive began in mid-October.
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.
In the eastern district of Intisar on Friday (December 30), civilians were seen leaving as troops in armoured vehicles took hold of the area. More than 114,000 people have been displaced from Mosul so far, according to the United Nations.
Plumes of smoke were seen rising and heavy gunfire was heard in the distance.
State TV said Islamic State defences were collapsing in the areas of Salam, Intisar, Wahda, Palestine and al-Quds and that fighters' bodies filled the streets there. A military statement later said forces had raised the Iraqi flag in al-Quds.
The government's accounts are difficult to confirm as the authorities have increasingly restricted foreign media's access to the battle fronts and areas retaken from Islamic State in and around Mosul. They have given no reason.
Iraqi forces have taken around half of the eastern side of Mosul, but have yet to enter the western side.
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