Iraqi forces breach western Mosul

Backed by U.S. special operations advisors and coalition air power, Iraqi forces enter a new phase of intense urban combat.
Iraqi forces breach western Mosul
Forces from Iraq's Counter Terrorism Service mass south of Mosul ahead of an offensive on Tal al-Rayan, Feb. 23, 2017. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)

ALBU SAIF - Iraqi security forces, backed by increasingly pervasive support from the U.S. military, are encountering heavy resistance as their campaign to liberate Mosul enters the western half of the city.

The self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) militant group has now lost control of the airport and a neighboring military base in the south of the city, and Iraqi forces have breached IS-held neighborhoods on the western edge of Mosul.

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