Iraqi forces hundreds of meters away from Mosul downtown

 

Iraqi forces were on the doorstep of ISIS-held Mosul on Tuesday, encountering snipers, landmines and road-blocking boulders as they edged closer to the key city, the CNN reported.

Iraqi Troops came within hundreds of meters of Mosul on Monday evening and are now the closest they’ve been since launching an operation two weeks ago to wrest the city from more than two years of ISIS rule.

A BBC correspondent travelling with the Counter-Terrorism Service troops said Tuesday that they are facing very stiff resistance.

Rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire are being directed at them, the BBC added.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has told IS militants dug in inside Mosul, which they have held since June 2014, to “surrender or die”.

Speaking at the Qayyarah airbase south of the city on Monday, Mr Abadi declared that government forces were approaching from all angles and would “cut off the head of the snake”,

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