Iraqi forces gain control of strategic bridge straddling the Tigris

Iraqi forces gain control of strategic bridge straddling the Tigris

The advances come after Iraqi forces last week took Mosul's worldwide airport and a large military base next to it before pushing into Mamun, the first neighbourhood in the western half of the city after the airport.

Daesh, which is now on the defensive after losing control of eastern Mosul in Iraq to a U.S. and Iran-backed Iraqi military offensive, has claimed responsibility for several vehicle bombs in Baghdad in the capital in the past few weeks.

Federal police and rapid response forces are also fighting in the adjacent neighborhood of Jawsaq and are focusing on securing a strategic bridge, known as 4th Bridge, across the Tigris River, a security source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attacks, some of which were carried out by suicide bombers.

Iraqi forces have seized the southernmost bridge in Mosul city, the military said on Monday.

US -backed Iraqi forces are pushing deeper into western Mosul.

If they defeat Islamic State in Mosul, that would crush the Iraq wing of the caliphate that the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared in 2014 over parts of Iraq and neighboring Syria.

Meanwhile, Iraqi jets have struck ISIS targets inside neighbouring Syria for the first time, Iraq's Prime Minister said, vowing to chase down militants "everywhere" as his troops opened new fronts in their battle for the city of Mosul.

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The Iraqis are taking "deliberate, small bites" out of the densely-packed city, said the official, who requested anonymity to discuss the ongoing battle.

SDF refers to an Arab-Kurdish alliance predominantly made up of fighters from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) that controls large swathes of northern Syria.

"We're firing a lot more than we thought we would be", Ross said, as U.S. Apache helicopters roared overhead on their way to hunt ISIS positions within the city.

Iraq's counter-terrorism service put a statement online last week offering leniency to local fighters who killed foreigners, though the legal framework for such a deal was unclear.

The United Nations estimates from 650,000 to 750,000 civilians are in Mosul amid a humanitarian crisis in which shortages of food, water and fuel are widespread.

Hassan-Yari noted that government forces and their coalition partners have imposed restrictions on firepower available to retake the western sectors "in order to save the lives of civilians". Iraqi forces liberated eastern Mosul from Daesh in January.

Iraqi helicopters and air strikes by the US-led coalition have played a key role in the latest progress but the density of the civilian population inside the city will limit air support.

Many of those fleeing said they were from villages outside Mosul and had been forced to march to the city more than four months ago to serve as human shields.

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