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Iraqi Forces Say Final Assault On Mosul Has Started

Iraqi Forces Say Final Assault On Mosul Has Started

On Friday, Iraqi forces dropped thousands of leaflets over western Mosul, telling those in their homes to flee. Now we have three Iraqi forces coming from the south, the north and the west piutting the pinch on ISIS fighters who remain - and they are pinned up against the Tigris River.

Asked about the change in tack, Rasool noted that the western side of the city has a greater population density as well as "old areas", an apparent reference to the Old City.

On May 23, the Hashd Shaabi units liberated al-Qairwan and many villages scattered around it from IS militants and announced that the paramilitary forces had ended the first stage of a major offensive created to secure the border areas with neighboring Syria and cut off IS supply routes between Mosul and the Syrian city of Raqqa, the capital of the IS self-declared caliphate.

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"The fact that huge numbers of Iraqis continue to flee West Mosul, despite the dangers involved, is a testament of both the the dire situation inside, and the enormous task ahead of us to alleviate the suffering of IDPs [internally displaced persons]", said the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Iraq Chief of Mission, Thomas Lothar Weiss. The offensive's prime target is the medieval Al Nuri mosque with its landmark leaning minaret, where Daesh's black flag has been flying since mid-2014. The fall of Mosul would mark the end of the Iraqi half of the so-called caliphate that ISIL wanted to create. When Iraqi forces slowed their advances to just a few hundred meters a day and coordinated moves across multiple fronts, IS defenses thinned and Iraqi forces were able to secure more victories and reduce military casualties.

The United Nations expressed deep concern for the hundreds of thousands of civilians behind Islamic State lines, in a statement on Saturday from the organisation's under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs, Stephen O'Brien. "The fighting is extremely intense. the presence of civilians means we have to be very cautious", he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Residents said millet, usually used as bird feed, is being cooked like rice as food prices increased ten-fold.

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"People who choose to flee will be directed to safe routes".

The region immediately alongside the border on the Iraqi side is either under the control of Islamic State or Kurdish forces. The latest phase of the battle for Mosul - launched last October - was announced on Saturday.

The IRGC is the main backer of the Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitary force known as Popular Mobilisation. And that gives ISIS something of an advantage.

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