Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Iraqi Forces Waging Battle for Old City of Mosul with Drones

Iraqi Forces Waging Battle for Old City of Mosul with Drones

The war between ISIS militants and Iraqi forces is taking a heavy toll on several hundred thousand civilians trapped inside the city, with severely malnourished babies reaching hospitals in government-held areas.

Iraqi forces forced Islamic State out of the eastern side of the city in January.

The group has been pushed out of the half of Mosul that lies east of the Tigris River, but Iraqi soldiers and their allies are now bogged down in tough fighting in the narrow streets of the Old City of Mosul, west of the river, according to Iraqi security officials.

Mosul - Iraqi forces made advances in their fight against the ISIS extremist group in the Old City of Mosul with drones being used to direct strikes against militants and as the US-backed offensive to capture the city entered its seventh month.

"The sheer volume of civilians still fleeing Mosul city is staggering", said Lise Grande, humanitarian coordinator for Iraq.

As many as 500,000 civilians are still trapped in Daesh-controlled neighborhoods of western Mosul.

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The army had dismantled makeshift bridges linking the two parts of Mosul due to heavy rain on Friday, forcing residents fleeing the city to use small boats.

Some 20,000 people have escaped from Mosul in the past four days, fewer than before due to the lack of transport, the UNHCR said in a report.

The United Nations says almost half a million civilians had fled fighting since the offensive to retake Mosul from Daesh terrorists started on October 17, 2016. They are being shot at, there are artillery barrages, families are running out of supplies, medicines are scarce and water is cut-off.

'Minutes ago, they launched an attack and we responded by shelling them with mortar rounds, killing two of them and their bodies were left in front of our defensive lines, ' he said earlier today.

Iraq's vice president said rival terror groups ISIS and Al Qaeda are exchanging ideas on ways to join forces. "There are discussions and dialogue between messengers representing Baghdadi and representing Zawahiri", referring to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi and Ayman al Zawahiri, the head of al Qaeda.

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