On October 17, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced the start of the military operation to retake Mosul from Daesh militants. Iraqi troops and their allies, including local Sunni militias and the US-led coalition against the Islamic State, are involved in the offensive.
Private intelligence firm Soufan Group claims that despite any protection measures, more and more civilians will be killed in Mosul.
It appears that the United States is doing its best to shift the blame concerning deadly Mosul airstrikes to another side, retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski told Sputnik.
Even optimists are losing hope that Mosul could be liberated from Daesh this year, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
Moscow has requested consultations at the UN Security Council concerning the developments in Mosul.
The US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee supports the decision of the Iraqi government not to allow Shiite paramilitary forces enter the city of Mosul, committee chairman Ed Royce said in a press release on Tuesday.
The western mainstream media, so vocal during the retaking of Aleppo and the hardships of the Syrian civilians, is stubbornly ignoring the humanitarian catastrophe in Mosul, Iraq. Meanwhile, one of the refugees able to flee the city told Sputnik about the dire situation in the city and surroundings.
The silence of Western media about the growing humanitarian catastrophe in Mosul is causing bewilderment and indignation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
The US-led coalition conducted 25 strikes consisting of 81 engagements against Daesh in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, including five strikes that engaged a sniper team near Mosul, the Central Command said in a press release.
An Iraqi military operation has resulted in arrest of a so-called minister of industry for Daesh terror group and his associates, the Iraqi Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday.
The Daesh (outlawed in Russia) terrorist group has deployed poisonous gas while fighting Iraqi government forces in Mosul, local media said Monday.
The number of people fleeing the western Mosul has reached nearly 100,000, Iraqi Minister of Displacement and Migration Jassim Mohammed Al-Jaaf said Sunday as the operation to recapture the city’s western areas from Daesh terrorists continued.
Russia is concerned over reports of militants using chemical weapons in Iraq’s Mosul, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Friday.
Baghdad hopes to liberate Mosul from Daesh soon amid the terrorists' "very low" morale, Iraq's ambassador to Russia told Sputnik.
Over 45,000 people have fled western Mosul in Iraq in past few days as the coalition-backed government campaign to retake the Iraqi city gains momentum, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Sunday.
The US-led coalition could not confirm media reports about a Daesh chemical attack in Mosul.
The Operation Inherent Resolve commander noted that the tactic has proven to be effective because it overwhelms the enemy.
Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has acknowledged the terrorist group's defeat in Iraq, urging his supporters to take refuge in the country's mountainous regions, independent Iraqi news network Alsumaria reported.
On Monday, Iraqi security forces arrested the first female Daesh suicide bomber encountered in eastern Mosul before she could manage to blow herself up in al Makasid lil-banat school for girls located in the district of al Wahda in eastern part of the city, a local source in the city told Sputnik Arabic.
The Iraqi army is continuing its advance in the city of Mosul, progressively capturing more and more residential areas from the terrorist group Daesh (ISIS/ISIL); a representative of the country's Nineveh Plain Protection Units told Sputnik Arabic about recent operations to liberate the western part of the city.
Russia's top diplomat said Moscow is reminding its Western partners that the humanitarian situation in Mosul is worse than in Aleppo.
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