Mosul Today: Advances slow in Mosul, bombers hit elsewhere

by Associated Press | FOXNews.com  |  published on November 7, 2016

MosulBAGHDAD – Iraq’s special forces worked Sunday to clear neighborhoods on the eastern edge of Islamic State-held Mosul as bombings launched by the extremist group elsewhere in the country killed at least 20 people.

Here is a look at the main developments on the 20th day of the Mosul Offensive:

OFFENSIVE SLOWS

The Mosul offensive has slowed in recent days as Iraqi forces have pushed into more densely populated areas, where they cannot rely as much on airstrikes and shelling because of the risk posed to civilians, who have been told to stay in their homes.

Some civilians are fleeing the combat zone, while IS militants are holding others back for use as human shields, making it harder for Iraqi commanders on the ground to get approval for requested U.S.-led coalition air strikes. Iraq’s special forces are some of the country’s best troops, but they still largely rely on air support to clear terrain.

  • Rodney Steward

    All I care about is that we have lost 5 good men in the last 2 weeks, and for what, so Hellary and Obama can continue to run guns to our enemies! And the Prez. hasn’t even mentioned this, but after all, we’re not at war anymore according to the black house!

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