Islamic State's official Mufti killed in Mosul strike

Islamic State's official Mufti killed in Mosul strike

In those instances, the body is transferred to a mortuary on the eastern side of Mosul, which is under the control of Iraqi security forces.

The battle for west Mosul has been marked by greater destruction than what occurred in the east, the UN's humanitarian coordinator in the country, Lise Grande, stated on Friday.

"They (the Iraqi health ministry) have promised to provide us with shelves to increase the capacity", said the doctor.

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The fact that the Iraqi government is making gains against IS militants illustrates how its intelligence apparatus has improved against IS, says Hisham al-Hashimi, a security analyst in Baghdad who advises the government on Sunni militant groups. "I don't want to say they continue to advance at pace, when in reality, it's very, very slow and it's a very, very hard, gut-busting fight between our forces and theirs", he said during a teleconference.

A police captain was also killed and another four injured during the operation, he added.

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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.

Clashes are expected to continue in the area.

"The federal police penetrated the old city and killed 13 terrorists, and destroyed 7 booby-trapped vehicles of Daesh in the Bab al-Jadid axis towards the al-Nuri Mosque in western Mosul", police commander Maj.

The military also told the people to hide into basements of their houses or to stay in the downstairs of their buildings, if no basement available, when clashes erupt in their neighborhoods, the statement said.

USA -backed Iraqi forces launched an offensive in February to liberate west Mosul from IS fighters who captured the city almost three years ago.

The offensive is part of a wider campaign launched last October to retake the entire city, which ISIL overran in mid-2014.

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