The Wall Street Journal: Iraqi troops poised to enter Mosul

Iraqi security forces said they were poised on the outskirts of Mosul on Monday and aiming to enter the city, a new phase of the offensive to retake Islamic State’s last stronghold in Iraq.

By Monday night, however, the forces hadn’t breached the city proper, though a commander said on state television that troops were within a few hundred yards of the city limits and neighborhoods in the city were easily in the range of weapons.

Iraqi TV Provides Glimpse Inside ISIS-Held Mosul

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Television stations in Iraq have been hosting call-in shows which offer a rare line of communication with civilians residing in the Islamic State-held city of Mosul.

This marks the first push on Mosul itself after two weeks of operations targeting surrounding villages and towns.

“The enemy has lost the initiative of attacking our forces,” said Staff Gen. Maan al-Saedi, commander of an Iraqi special-forces unit, speaking on state television. “Now our forces have the initiative and are attacking.” Forces began advancing toward the city from the east early Monday. They headed for an area on the eastern bank of the Tigris River, which divides Mosul, the military said.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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