- Title: Islamic State fights fiercely in shrinking stronghold in Iraq's Mosul
- Date: 5th July 2017
- Summary: OLD CITY, MOSUL, IRAQ (JULY 5, 2017) (REUTERS) SMOKE RISING BEHIND BUILDING RAVAGED BUILDING WITH SMOKE RISING BEHIND IT LARGE SMOKE CLOUD RISING OVER DEMOLISHED BUILDING AND WRECKED CARS CONVOY OF IRAQI MILITARY HUMVEES AND ARMED BULLDOZER DRIVING ALONG ROAD MILITARY VEHICLES NEAR DAMAGED BUILDING GROUP OF FEDERAL POLICE MEMBERS WALKING ALONG STREET/MILITARY VEHICLES IN BACKGROUND MEMBERS OF FEDERAL POLICE CONDUCTING FOOT PATROL OF AREA WALKING PAST DEMOLISHED BUILDING FEDERAL POLICE MEMBERS WALKING ALONG STREET/MILITARY HUMVEES IN BACKGROUND GROUP OF EMERGENCY RAPID DIVISION (ERD) MEMBERS NEAR MILITARY HUMVEES IN STREET MILITARY HUMVEE MOVING/ERD MEMBERS NEARBY MOUNTED MACHINE-GUN ON HUMVEE WITH ERD MEMBERS BEHIND VARIOUS OF MILITARY HUMVEES AND ERD MEMBERS PATROLLING AREA / DEMOLISHED BUILDINGS ERD MEMBERS ON FOOT PATROL OF AREA WALKING PAST DEMOLISHED BUILDING GROUP OF ERD MEMBERS NEARS LINES OF AMBULANCE VEHICLES GROUP OF FEDERAL POLICE MEMBERS WALKING ALONG STREET/RUBBLE AND WALL RIDDLED WITH BULLETS HOLES BEHIND GROUP OF FEDERAL POLICE PATROLLING STREET IRAQI TANK DRIVING IN STREET WITH SOLDIERS ON TOP MAKING "V" SIGN ARMOURED VEHICLE DRIVING BY GROUP OF EMERGENCY RAPID DIVISION STANDING NEAR DEMOLISHED BUILDING/ STREET LINED WITH DEMOLISHED BUILDINGS VARIOUS OF STREET DOTTED WITH RUBBLE AND DEMOLISHED BUILDINGS/MILITARY HUMVEE DRIVING ARMOURED MILITARY BULLDOZER DRIVING IN STREET PAST DEMOLISHED BUILDINGS ARMOURED VEHICLE DRIVING IN RUBBLE-STREWN STREET VARIOUS OF ARMOURED VEHICLE FIRING IN STREET WITH RUBBLE AND DEMOLISHED BUILDINGS MILITARY VEHICLES IN STREETS WITH DEMOLISHED BUILDINGS AND RUBBLE RUBBLE AND DEMOLISHED BUILDINGS MILITARY VEHICLE FIRING ARMOURED VEHICLE DRIVING AMONG PILES OF RUBBLE (AUDIO OF GUNFIRE) (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) DEPUTY COMMANDER OF 3RD BATTALION, EMERGENCY RAPID DIVISION, CAPTAIN ALI HUSSEIN RADI, SAYING: "As you can see we took full control of Khalid Ibn al-Walid street, al-Adala street and al-Sarj Khana neighbourhood and we are continuing the advance. Morale is high and we are determined to fully accomplish our mission. Our other target is to liberate people before land and therefore we secured safe exit routes for civilians trapped by Daesh (Islamic State) elements." CONVOY OF MILITARY HUMVEES DRIVING ALONG STREET GROUP OF FEDERAL POLICE SITTING ON TOP OF HUMVEE DRIVING IN STREET WITH ONE TAKING SELFIE
- Embargoed: 19th July 2017 14:56
- Keywords: Iraqi forces Islamic State militants Mosul Old Ciy fighting Islamic State stronghold Mosul offensive
- Location: OLD CITY, MOSUL, IRAQ
- City: OLD CITY, MOSUL, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016OFYSLJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Western-backed Iraqi forces edged into the final redoubts of the Islamic State's self-declared caliphate in Iraq on Wednesday (July 5), hampered by fierce resistance from the militants and the presence of human shields.
Iraqi commanders have predicted final victory in Mosul this week after a grinding eight-month assault on the once two-million-strong city, pushed Islamic State into a rectangle no more than 300 by 500 metres beside the Tigris river.
Deputy Commander of 3rd Battalion, Emergency Rapid Division, Captain Ali Hussein Radi said that the forces had taken full control of Khalid Ibn al-Walid street, al-Adala street and al-Sarj Khana neighbourhood.
The battle in the Old City's maze of narrow alleyways is fought house-to-house in streets packed with civilians and planted with multiple explosive devices by the militants, who are also using drones and suicide bombings.
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