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IS launches chlorine gas attacks in western Mosul

IS launches chlorine gas attacks in western Mosul

The officer spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to release information.

The country's military said jihadists fired a chlorine-filled rocket at troops who are trying to seize the west of the Iraqi city from IS.

"With each passing day the number of ISIS fighters in Mosul goes down, the amount of resources they have available to continue their mayhem goes down and, ultimately, they are not going anywhere and they are going to be defeated". The fight to push ISIS out of the city, the second-largest in Iraq, has been raging since mid-October 2016.

However, the western part of Mosul, with its narrow streets and heavily populated neighborhoods, appears to be a bigger challenge to the Iraqi forces.

The raid targeted several houses in Al-Yarmouk neighborhood, which was recently recaptured from Daesh terrorist group in western Mosul, pilot Yazan al-Duberdani told Anadolu Agency. But the push against IS in Western Mosul is bogged down with Iraqi security forces fighting in a warren of small streets in the old part of the city.

Senior mufti Abdullah al-Badrani, also known as Abu Ayub al-Atar, reportedly died after his location was bombed by the US-led coalition, which was backing government forces, on Thursday (13 April).

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

The US-backed Iraqi forces are now battling IS militants in the more densely-populated western half of Mosul.

Clashes are expected to continue in the area.

The federal police said in a statement on Tuesday they have been reinforcing their positions in Western Mosul in preparation for a push on the al-Nuri Mosque where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in 2014.

Military officers state that this it is predicted as Iraqi forces attempt to reclaim Mosul in what is known as the last major urban hurdle towards defeating extremist Sunni militant groups in Iraq.

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