Led Coalition Forces Double Military Advisers in Iraq in Mosul Fight

Alicia WestJan 05, 2017

The chopper crashed while it was flying near the town of Baiji, some 200 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the source said on condition of anonymity.

Ninewa was the worst affected Governorate with 719 civilian casualties with 208 killed and 511 injured. These casualty figures do not include the civilian casualty figures for Anbar for the months of May, July, August and December.

The report comes as the Iraqi government struggles to maintain security nationwide in the face of an increase in Isis vehicle and suicide bombings, and as Iraqi forces try to dislodge Isis militants from their last stronghold in Mosul in the north of the country.

An Iraqi victory in Mosul would probably spell the end for ISIL's self-styled caliphate.

Immediate condemnations came from Turkey and the United States after the attacks. "The cooperation between both countries to fight terrorism will continue to grow stronger", the ministry said. Monday's blast in Sadr City hit a square where day labourers typically gather.Nine of the victims were women in a passing minibus. Sixty-seven people were wounded in the blast.

Townsend said Iraqi forces were doing a better job of defending against suicide auto bombs.

The statement explained that the precision air attacks targeted 10 "strategic positions" for the IS gunmen in Mosul.

Officials say it could be months before Iraqi forces are able to completely retake Mosul, Iraq's second city, where hundreds of thousands of civilians still live.

He described Islamic State as a "resilient" enemy but said the group - which has separate cells fighting in dozens of neighbourhoods - appeared increasingly unable to coordinate across different areas it controlled inside Mosul.

Clashes continued in and around Mosul on Monday. "Rapid Intervention Forces inflicted heavy human and material losses on the Islamic State, as well as raising Iraqi flag over the buildings of the neighborhood".

Last week, Iraqi forces started pushing into Mosul from three axes - an operation that Dorrian said "is starting to really make things very hard for the enemy".

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