- Title: Iraqi forces say they are advancing against IS in Mosul
- Date: 6th January 2017
- Summary: WAHDA NEIGHBOURHOOD, EASTERN MOSUL, IRAQ (JANUARY 6, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF AN IRAQI ARMY HUMVEE DRIVING DOWN STREET / RAPID RESPONSE UNIT SOLDIERS WALKING IRAQI MILITARY HELICOPTER FIRING MISSILES SOLDIERS FIRING MORTARS AT ISLAMIC STATE MILITANT LOCATIONS SOLDIERS CLEANING MISSILE LAUNCHER VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS CARRYING BOXES OF AMMUNITION VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS PREPARING MORTARS SOLDIERS FIRING MORTARS SMOKE EMERGING FROM THE LAUNCHER MEMBER OF THE RAPID RESPONSE UNIT, FIRST SERGEANT, MAHMOUD, INSTRUCTING SOLDIERS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MEMBER OF THE RAPID RESPONSE UNIT, FIRST SERGEANT, MAHMOUD, SAYING: "We are firing based on coordinates sent to us from an officer, a lookout officer who is at the frontline and is providing us with information on Daesh (Islamic State) locations in the Wahda neighbourhood." VARIOUS OF SMOKE PLUMES RISING FROM LOCATION TARGETED BY AN ISLAMIC STATE MORTAR SOLDIERS WALKING DOWN A STREET SOLDIER RELOADING WEAPON SOLDIERS IN THE STREET (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RAPID RESPONSE FORCES SPOKESMEN, FIRST LIEUTENANT RAMI HASSAN, SAYING: "Our enemy is collapsing. They are trying to hinder the advance of the security forces but we have countered this. They tried to target us with car bombs but we had Iraqi military air support." VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS IN THE STREETS OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD SOLDIER FIRING HIS WEAPON
- Embargoed: 21st January 2017 12:43
- Keywords: Iraq Mosul Islamic State militants battle
- Location: WAHDA NEIGHBOURHOOD, EASTERN MOSUL, IRAQ
- City: WAHDA NEIGHBOURHOOD, EASTERN MOSUL, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Reuters ID: LVA0015XY0KZR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Members of the Iraqi rapid response forces said they are continuing their advance in the Wahda neighbourhood of eastern Mosul on Friday (January 6), as part of a second push against Islamic State militants in the city.
A sergeant with the unit said they repeatedly fired mortars at locations militants were stationed in.
A second phase of the nearly 12-week campaign to drive Islamic State out of its last major city stronghold in Iraq began last Thursday.
The militants are deploying snipers and suicide car bombers and using civilians as human shields. They are still in full control of Mosul west of the Tigris river.
The Mosul offensive is the biggest in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
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