- Title: Clashes in Karama district as battle to retake Mosul continues
- Date: 3rd January 2017
- Summary: KARAMA DISTRICT, EASTERN MOSUL, IRAQ (JANUARY 3, 2017) (REUTERS) IRAQI COUNTER TERRORISM SERVICE (CTS) TANK IN THE KARAMA DISTRICT OF EASTERN MOSUL ARMY TANKS / PLUME OF SMOKE RISING CTS OFFICER CLEARING BULLET CASES FROM THE FRONT OF THE HUMVEE / HUMVEE BEGINNING TO MOVE CTS VEHICLE MOVING / AUDIO OF GUNFIRE SOLDIER FIRING HIS WEAPON VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS FIRING HEAVY ARTILLERY FROM A HUMVEE SOLDIERS RUNNING ACROSS A STREET AND FIRING WEAPONS SOLDIER FIRING HEAVY ARTILLERY FROM A HUMVEE SOLDIER FIRING HIS WEAPON AS HE RUNS DOWN A STREET CTS VEHICLES IN THE AREA VARIOUS OF CTS SOLDIERS ISLAMIC STATE TANK FOUND BY THE SOLDIERS VARIOUS OF ARMY TANKS VIEW FROM INSIDE THE HUMVEE
- Embargoed: 18th January 2017 17:39
- Keywords: Iraq Mosul clashes Karama district Counter Terrorism Service clashes
- Location: EASTERN MOSUL, IRAQ
- City: EASTERN MOSUL, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA0015XJ22IV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Clashes continued in and around Mosul on Tuesday (January 3) and heavy gunfire was exchanged in the eastern district of Karama, where elite Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) forces were fighting Islamic State militants.
Since the offensive to capture Mosul began 10 weeks ago, counter terrorism forces have retaken a quarter of the city, the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq, but their advance has been slow and troops on other fronts have made little progress.
The campaign, the biggest ground operation in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003 that toppled Saddam Hussein, entered its first significant pause earlier this month for a planned "operational refit".
But last week, more than 5,000 soldiers and militarised federal police troops who had been redeployed from Mosul's southern outskirts entered half a dozen southeastern neighbourhoods, while counter terrorism forces advanced in al-Quds and Karama districts after receiving reinforcements.
More than 114,000 civilians have been displaced from Mosul so far, according to the United Nations, but 1.5 million are still thought to be inside.
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