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3 soldiers killed as Iraqi forces battle Daesh in Mosul

3 soldiers killed as Iraqi forces battle Daesh in Mosul

They were pushed out of the east of Mosul by Iraqi forces in January.

Iraqi forces launched an operation to retake Mosul - the last ISIL-held city in Iraq - in October, recapturing its eastern side before setting their sights on its smaller but more densely populated west.

The militant group is now fighting in its last major urban stronghold, in the western part of Mosul, where the museum is located.

A fighter from Iraq's elite Counter-Terrorism Service takes cover inside a building in Shuhada, west Mosul.

Iraqi paramilitary forces announced Saturday that they had discovered a mass grave at Badush prison near Mosul containing the remains of hundreds of people executed by the Islamic State group.

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"Just when you think they are looking weak, they come back stronger", Sgt Alaa Hassan, from a position 4km south of Mosul, said.

Jonah's mosque was blown up in July 2014, but experts surveying the damage after it was recaptured in January by a USA -backed Iraqi campaign found a network of tunnels dug by the militants, leading down to a 7th century BC Assyrian palace.

The desecration was recorded on video and widely published by Islamic State supporters, who protrayed it as part of their campaign to erase any cultural history which contravenes their extreme interpretation of Sunni Islam.

So-called Islamic State (IS) is alleged to have killed hundreds of inmates, a lot of them Shia Muslims, when it seized Mosul in 2014.

In addition to carrying out strikes targeting ISIS, the US-led coalition has trained almost 90,000 members of the Iraqi security forces, the United States envoy said.

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In addition to helping Iraqi forces retake territory, McGurk said the US -led coalition has killed 180 IS leaders since the campaign against the militants began more than two years ago.

Shi'ite militias which are part of the Mosul campaign began to close in on Tal Afar late previous year, after the offensive was launched, and said they linked up with Kurdish terrorists nearby to encircle the jihadists.

The Iraqi Air Force has dropped millions of leaflets on western Mosul, where food and water are scarce and electricity sporadic, warning residents of the ongoing offensive and telling them to remain in their homes if they feel safe.

Refugees flee from western Mosul as troops work to liberate the city A refugee girl looks into the camera.

It is thought there may be as many as 600,000 civilians still trapped in IS-controlled areas of Mosul.

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The Shia militia, known as the Popular Mobilization group, is politically powerful and have provided crucial backing to security forces.

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