Iraqi troops in ‘heaviest clashes yet with Isis’ since Mosul push began

Senior commander says Islamic State militants have dispatched at least six suicide car bombs and deployed snipers

Iraqi troops have encountered the heaviest clashes yet with Islamic State fighters in western Mosul since the new push began more than two weeks ago, according to a senior commander.

Maj Gen Haider al-Maturi of the federal police commandos division said Isis militants had dispatched at least six suicide car bombs, which were all destroyed before reaching the troops. The militants, he said, were moving from house to house and deploying snipers.

The wave of heavy resistance comes as Iraqi forces launched attacks against Isis-held neighbourhoods in western Mosul from three points on Sunday morning.

The federal police were closing in on the city’s main government complex in the Dawasa neighbourhood and Iraq’s special forces were attempting to push into the Shuhada and Mansour neighbourhoods.

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Source By theguardian

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