Iraq troops Make headaway in Mosul Assult
Iraqi government forces have seized several villages as they move toward an attack on the last area held by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul.
Hundreds of military vehicles, backed by air power, rolled across the desert towards the IS positions early on Sunday.
Progress on Sunday in the south of the city, the second largest exporter in Iraq, and takes them around the corner from Mosul Airport.
It has been expressing concerns about the safety of thousands of trapped civilians.
Officially announced the attack by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi early on Sunday.
He said the Army Staff Gen.
Abdul Amir Yarallah in a statement that the units of the elite rapid response captured the villages and Athbah the- Lazzagah – two villages south of Mosul Airport.
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Government troops recaptured the eastern side of the city, is a leading last stronghold in Iraq last month.
But military officials say the western side, with its narrow streets and winding, it may be the biggest challenge.
Currently, there is no progress from the east of Mosul and all the bridges from there to the west of the city, across the Tigris River, have been destroyed.