180 Killed in Iraq as Mosul Operations Continue

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Residents of Mosul report
that the city has become a ghost town. Many Islamic State militants have fled
the city, but those that are left have become increasingly brutal, and people
leave their homes only for essentials. Over one million civilians still live in
the city, and many are being used as human
shields
during this operation. Some, however, have managed to escape. The International
Committee Red Cross
appealed
to all sides to spare civilians.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim claimed
that Turkey had come to an agreement to fly jets as part of the Coalition air
mission but later admitted they had not
yet
participated. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi responded to
the statement by saying the Turks were not permitted to join. Meanwhile,
thousands of followers of Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr protested
against Turkish involvement outside the embassy in Baghdad.

Kurdish forces paused
on day two of the operation after successfully advancing the eastern front
five miles closer to Mosul. About 100 U.S. troops are embedded
with the Peshmerga, but they are not at the front lines.

The Peshmerga forces may have been forced
to halt because support from Iraqi forces was not available for their
attempt to clear the greater Bashiqa area. Special forces commander,
Brig. Gen. Haider al-Obeidi, said they were waiting on the Kurds.

Iraqi forces did advance
in the areas of Hamdaniya and Houd. Hamdaniya is currently
surrounded.

Prime Minister Abadi called
on Coalition forces to prevent the exit of militants into Syria.
That may already be happening.

Heavy fighting
is taking place in Abbasi and Kani Harami, with parts of each
city being traded back and forth between Daesh and Iraqi hands.

Residents of Lazka are fighting
the militants directly.

At least 180 people were killed and two were wounded.
Reports from the Mosul arena will likely be undercounting casualties among
security forces:

About 30 miles southeast of Mosul, an Iraqi
soldier was killed
repelling an attack that also left 10 militants dead.

At a separate location a suicide
bomber
killed
one soldier and wounded two more
.

Three
Peshmerga fighters were killed
trying to disarm explosives.

Three
suicide bombers
in Nasr killed
a soldier
.

At least eight
other suicide bombers
have been reported.

In Mosul, airstrikes left 35 militants dead. A group of young
people killed
two militants
. Other groups may
also be killing militants.

Airstrikes left 37
militants dead
in Shirqat.

In Sheikh Amir, security forces using a
rocket-propelled grenade killed
five militants
.

Two
militants were killed
in a strike on Badana.

An airstrike killed
a militant
in charge of executions in Tel Waey.

Eighty
bodies
were found in a Daesh mass grave in Hit.

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