About sharing media captionVideo shows the destruction in Mosul after Iraqi forces retook government buildings Iraqi forces say they have retaken the main government offices in Mosul as the offensive continues to oust the so-called Islamic State IS group. The advance could pave the way for an attack on the heavily-populated old city, where the mosuk are still entrenched. Thousands of civilians are streaming out of the city every day.
The advance could pave the way for an attack on the heavily-populated old city, where the militants are still entrenched.
Footage caht IS fighters attacking ancient statutes with sledgehammers and drills emerged in February Mosul is the last stronghold for IS in Iraq. No one tried to save them. Lieutenant General Steve Townsend said this was partly due to improved co-ordination between Iraqi commanders from various pro-government forces involved in the operation.
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The organisation's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says approximately 42, people were displaced last week alone. We were just running" The UN estimates that there are up topeople still living in west Mosul. Civilians said it was the heaviest night of bombardment since the operation to retake the city's west began on 19 February.
Iraqi forces 'surrounded' IS is fighting fiercely to retain its territory. However, Brig Gen Matthew Isler added that government forces still face a "very hard fight" in trying to push them out of the city. The offensive to recapture the city of Mosul was launched on 17 October, more than two years after jihadists overran the city before seizing control of chhat of northern and western Iraq. Most of the women died.
Sgt Azam Ibrahim of the federal police told The Associated Press news agency that his unit were among the first to storm the government office, but were then told to pull back amid fierce clashes. Ij city's museum has also been ransacked. About two-thirds of east Mosul has been retaken since October, officials say.
US-led airstrikes disabled all five of the city's bridges last year. One of the militants in the video described the artefacts as "false idols" and attempted to justify their destruction in religious terms. Related Topics.
It also coincides with a sharp increase in the of military advisers from the US and other coalition countries helping with the battle. Iraqi security forces, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, Sunni Arab tribesmen and Shia militiamen, assisted by US-led coalition warplanes and military advisers, have been involved in the fight.
A US general in the international coalition told Reuters news agency that IS's defence was disorganised and its foreign recruits were trying to leave the city. They had already taken another bridge further south.
The Iraqi forces launched a surprise attack overnight to storm the government buildings. Clean drinking water is also in very short supply," it said in a report released on Sunday.
More thanpeople have fled their homes in and around Mosul and UN officials are warning that this figure is likely to rise as pro-government forces press further srx the city. The army said its troops had raised the national flag after capturing al-Muthana. The east of the city was recaptured in January. About sharing media captionVideo shows the destruction in Mosul after Iraqi forces retook government buildings Iraqi forces say they have retaken the main government offices in Mosul as the offensive continues se oust the so-called Islamic State IS group.
The court was used by IS to deliver harsh sentences, including stonings, throwing people off rooftops and chopping off hands, according to Reuters news agency.
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Related Topics. It comes days after Iraqi forces began the second phase of a push to conquer the last major IS stronghold in Iraq. Elite troops captured al-Muthana following night-time fighting, an army spokesman said, putting them in a position to take higher ground nearby. Thousands of civilians are streaming out of the city every day.
On Wednesday the commander of the US-led coalition against IS said Iraqi forces were gaining momentum in Mosul, in northern Iraq, after the campaign had almost ground to a halt by December in the face of fierce resistance by IS.