Iraqi forces breach Mosul city limits

Pushing into Mosul's eastern suburbs, special forces are weathering deadly counter-attacks as they gird for weeks of tough urban warfare.
Iraqi forces breach Mosul city limits
Iraqi army soldiers guard the last government controlled checkpoint south of Mosul, Nov. 1, 2016. (FELIPE DANA/AP Photo)

BAZWAYA - Iraqi special forces broke into Mosul city limits from the east Tuesday, inaugurating a new phase of urban warfare in the offensive to reclaim northern Iraq’s largest city from the so-called Islamic State (IS) militant group.

By around noon, special forces units from Iraq’s Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) had penetrated the eastern boundary of the Gogjali suburb, after intense gun battles with IS militants, according to a CTS officer at a staging area in Bazwaya, about 3 kilometers east of the city limits.

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