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U.S. commander expects tough battle in western Mosul

Ayat Basma reports for Reuters:

Islamic State will put up a tough fight in the western side Mosul that remains under its control despite the losses the group suffered so far in the battle for the Iraqi, a U.S. commander said on Wednesday.

"It is hard and hard every day here," Colonel Patrick Work, commander of the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, said in an interview with Reuters TV at a brigade artillery position in northern Mosul.

"There are no guarantees certainly when you are fighting and there is no timetable, it is a determined enemy that we are up against," he said.

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