Iraqi forces have started to push into northern areas of Mosul in a new front in their battle against Islamic State fighters.
The forces are fighting their way into the northern part of western Mosul, a region where ISIS fighters are known to be holding onto a group of neighborhoods. Iraqi army, federal police and elite rapid response units are all engaged in the new effort.
Fighting for the western part of Mosul has been slower and deadlier than initially anticipated. A U.S. official said that 774 security forces have been killed in more than six months of fighting. At least 4,600 others have been injuredCONTINUE READING HERE