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Mosul Cold And Hunger Plague Residents

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Mosul Cold And Hunger Plague Residents

2016-12-03 14:48:23

Residents said on Saturday that for nearly a week, no food or fuel has reached Mosul. The onset of rain and cold weather threatens a tough winter for more than a million people still in Islamic State-held areas of the city.
Iraqi troops waging a six-week-old offensive against the militants controlling Mosul have advanced into eastern city districts. Other forces have sealed Mosul's southern and northern approaches and 10 days ago blocked the road west.
But their advance has been hampered by waves of counter-attacks from the ultra-hardline Islamists who have controlled the city since mid-2014. They have built a network of tunnels in preparation for their defense of north Iraq's largest city.
The slow progress means the campaign is likely to drag on throughout the winter.

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