Saturday, 24 June, 2017

Iraq opens new Tigris bridge escape route for people fleeing Mosul

A member of the Iraqi Federal Police sits next to a heavy machine gun during combat against Islamic State in western Mosul Nearly half a million civilians have fled Mosul since fighting began six months ago; hundreds of thousands more may flee in the weeks to come
Christy Curtis | 19 April, 2017, 01:17

Islamic State seized Mosul in mid-2014.

"The discussion has started now", Allawi said, based on information he got from local and regional contacts.

"The discussion has started now", Allawi said.

Noting that almost half a million people have fled Mosul since the start of military operations to retake the city from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorists, a senior United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq warned that the scale of the displacement has stretched relief efforts to their "operational limits". Zawahiri has publicly criticised ISIS for its brutal methods, which have included beheadings, drownings and immolation.

While officials are claiming some small gains near the ancient al-Nuri Mosque, the situation is largely unchanged in the past month, with intense, door-to-door fighting providing little opportunity for noticeable territory to change hands, and weeks often going by on the same couple of city blocks. He did not provide further details on how the groups would work together.

As many as half a million are estimated to remain overall in neighbourhoods still under IS control in western Mosul."If there is a siege and hundreds of thousands of people don't have water and don't have food, they will be at enormous risk", United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Iraq Lise Grande told Reuters in a telephone interview."We could be facing a humanitarian catastrophe, perhaps the worst in the entire conflict."Mosul, the largest city in northern Iraq, was captured by the ultra-hardline Sunni Muslim fighters in mid-2014".

Six soldiers suffered breathing problems and another 19 were forced to seek treatment after ISIS militants launched the gas attack against the US-backed unit in the city of Mosul, northern Iraq.

ISIS has used suicide bombers, snipers and armed drones to defend the territory under their control.

The fighting has killed several thousands among civilians and fighters on both sides, according to aid organisations.

The full recapture of Mosul, the de facto capital of IS in Iraq, would be a blow to the jihadists' ambition of a cross-border state.

According to Allawi, even after its defeat in Mosul ISIS will continue its activities.

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