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
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
About 30 miles southeast of Mosul, an Iraqi
soldier was killed repelling an attack that also left 10 militants dead.
Peshmerga fighters were killed trying to disarm explosives.
At least eight
other suicide bombers have been reported.
Airstrikes left 37
militants dead in Shirqat.
In Sheikh Amir, security forces using a
rocket-propelled grenade killed
militants were killed in a strike on Badana.
An airstrike killed
a militant in charge of executions in Tel Waey.
bodies were found in a Daesh mass grave in Hit.
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