December 31, 2016 12:40 IST

Second phase of Mosul offensive begins

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Members of Hashid Shaabi or Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fire towards Islamic State militant positions in west of Mosul, Iraq. Iraqi security forces on Thursday began the second phase of their offensive against Islamic State militants in Mosul, pushing from three directions into eastern districts where the battle has been deadlocked for nearly a month. Credit: Reuters
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Iraqi army personnel fire toward Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. Other soldiers pushed simultaneously towards the city's northern limits. U.S. military advisers were seen watching operations. A U.S.-led coalition backing the Iraqis said the operation had opened two new fronts inside Mosul and limited Islamic State's ability to raise fighter numbers, move them or resupply. Credit: Reuters
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Iraqi security forces take cover during clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. More than 5,000 soldiers and federal police troops, redeployed from Mosul's southern outskirts, entered half a dozen southeastern districts, while counter-terrorism forces advanced in al-Quds and Karama districts after reinforcements arrived. Credit: Reuters
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Iraqi soldiers inspect a tunnel used by Islamic State militants during a battle with Islamic State, north of Mosul. Credit: Reuters
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Iraqi security forces take cover during clashes with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul. Credit: Reuters