Reuters: IS Mosul commander killed, government forces battle for bridge


Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters fire an anti-tank cannon on the front line near Hasan Sham village, some 45 kilometres east of the city of Mosul, during an operation aimed at retaking areas from the Islamic State group on May 29, 2016.The “peshmerga-led ground offensive, backed by international coalition warplanes” started before dawn, the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) said.The fresh push against the jihadist organisation comes a week after Iraqi forces launched an operation against Fallujah, IS’s only other major urban hub in Iraq. / AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMED

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Iraqi government forces killed the Islamic State commander of Mosul’s Old City on March 14 as the battle for the militants’ last stronghold in Iraq focused on a bridge crossing the Tigris river.

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