Iraq forces in 'second phase' of east Mosul battle: commander

Iraqi forces punched into eastern Mosul after a massive operation to recapture the northern city from the Islamic State group was launched on October 17Iraqi forces launched the multi-pronged “second phase” of the battle to retake eastern Mosul from jihadists on Thursday, a top commander said. Iraqi forces punched into eastern Mosul after the massive operation to recapture the northern city from the Islamic State group was launched on October 17, but progress slowed to a crawl. “The second phase of liberating the left bank in Mosul was launched, and our forces began advancing toward Al-Quds neighbourhood,” Staff Lieutenant General Abdulghani al-Assadi, a senior officer in Iraq’s Counter-Terrorism Service, told AFP.

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