ISIS on Brink of Losing Mosul

ISIS on Brink of Losing Mosul

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US-backed Iraqi forces have pushed deeper into the last pocket of Mosul controlled by Islamic State (IS) as the battle for the city approaches an end after seven months of gruelling urban combat.
Key points:
Senior Iraqi generals say IS is confined to a small area and is “drawing its last breath”
The number of people fleeing Mosul doubled to 10,000 a day since Friday
Iraqi commanders plan to splinter IS and tackle the remaining militants on many fronts
The militants have now been dislodged from all but a handful of districts in the western half of Mosul including the Old City, where Islamic State is expected to make its last stand, taking advantage of narrow streets and its dense population.
Brigadier General Yahya Rasoul said the area controlled by Islamic State was no more than 9 per cent of west Mosul, which is bisected by the River Tigris.

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