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Iraqi Forces Make First Push Into Mosul

Advancing Iraqi troops broke through Islamic State defenses in an eastern suburb of Mosul on Monday, taking the battle for the insurgents’ stronghold into the city limits for the first time, a force commander said. The fighting came after two weeks of advances by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces who cleared surrounding areas of insurgents, in the […]

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U.S. Troops, Embedded with Iraqi Brigades and Battalions, Push Toward Mosul’s City Center

One week into the battle for Mosul, U.S. troops are embedded with Iraqi battalion- and brigade-level units, pushing forward with mobile headquarters elements as the fight moves toward the dense city center, according to U.S. officials familiar with the operation. The American and Iraqi troops face an increasingly complex fight as some Islamic State fighters […]

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Battle for Mosul Appears to Be Entering Final Stage

A sniper lurks among desolated buildings of an abandoned village just over the hillside where Kurdish soldiers are dug in behind a berm, but Serbest Tivanisi, the Kurdish sector commander, doesn’t flinch as he peers over the sandbags. Beyond the village, on the horizon roughly 15 miles to the south, is the dark smudge of […]

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US Advisers Training Iraqi Troops, Peshmerga on Front Lines Against Islamic State

U.S. and coalition military trainers in northern Iraq are running mission rehearsal exercises close to the front lines for peshmerga immediately before they go into combat against the Islamic State. British Army Maj. Ben Salt, one of those overseeing the effort to train and equip the Kurds, said Tuesday that, “mission specific training” is going […]