Senior Isis mufti killed in Mosul airstrike, Iraqi forces claim

Analysts believe that many senior members of the Islamic State fled in the days and weeks before Iraqi forces, backed by Kurdish and Shi'ite militias, began the major operation to retake the city in October.

- January 24: As Iraqi forces prepare to attack Mosul's west, the United Nations warns that 750,000 civilians there are at "extreme risk" and a quarter of a million Iraqis could flee their homes.

The attack caused only minor wounds, the force said in a statement, without giving more details.

It is worth noting that the Iraq security forces, supported by the US-led coalition, are fighting to liberate the right side of Mosul.

Martin said Iraqi forces had surrounded ISIL positions but it was not always possible to move vehicles into all parts of the Old City with its narrow streets.

IS seized Mosul in mid-2014 when the jihadist group swept across areas north and west of Baghdad, taking control of swathes of territory and declaring a cross-border "caliphate" in Iraq and neighboring Syria.

"Sometimes, 50 metres (yards) is a great day", he said of the Iraqi advance.

Iraqi armed forces have captured parts of Al-Tanak neighborhood in northern Iraq's Mosul city, a police official told Anadolu Agency Thursday.

On March 17, Iraq's Kurdish-language Rudaw television network reported that 237 people had been killed in US-led coalition airstrikes on a Daesh-held neighborhood in western Mosul.

Its fighters have pulled civilians into the conflict by placing snipers in residential areas, using civilians as human shields and executing those who try to escape, coalition spokesman Col. John Dorrian said at the news conference.

Lieutenant General Abdulwahab al-Saadi says the far west of Mosul could soon be back under government control.

The UN said last month that 12 people, including women and children, had been treated for possible exposure to chemical weapons agents in Mosul.

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