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In touch with countries to locate 39 Indians missing in Iraq: Government

18 June 2017, 02:15 | Kara Nash

Iraq Repels ISIS Counter-Attack in Western Mosul

Map Shows Iraqi Areas Retaken from ISIS in Past Years

Government forces and their allies still have to take full control of Medical City, a complex of hospitals further north along the bank of the Tigris, to enclose the militant enclave.

Responding to a question on the issue, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said Sushma Swaraj had met representatives and families of these 39 Indians early this month.

The abovementioned city, with narrow streets and several buildings of high cultural and historic value, holds the Great Mosque Al-Nuri, from where the Daesh leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, proclaimed the Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria in June 2014.

USA -backed Iraqi forces have been battling IS extremists in Mosul since October. Iraqi and USA forces are engaged in a fierce battle to eliminate the ISIS fighters as a US-backed offensive to recapture the city, which fell to the hands of the Islamic State two years ago, entered its ninth month on Friday.

Iraqi forces have almost fully encircled the Islamic State's stronghold in Mosul's Old City after retaking a neighbouring district on Thursday. "These civilians are basically held as human shields in the Old City". Since ISIS has suffered serious setbacks in their fight to retain Mosul, it is likely that they are now holding hostages and using them as human shield.

Qatar 3 South Korea 2: Al Haydos double holds off fightback
Team Korea answered with a goal from Ki Sung-yueng in the 62nd-minute, and Hwang Hee-chan leveled the score eight minutes later. But China, led by 2006 World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi, scored its own penalty in the 68th when Gao Lin converted.

Snipers meanwhile try to kill anyone trying to leave the area under jihadist control, he said, adding that the few who manage to escape are "deeply traumatized".

The battle to capture Mosul, Iraq's second city, began nine months ago, and has since displaced 862,000 men, women and children from their homes.

To meet the immediate needs of the displaced, the UN Refugee Agency has built 13 camps so far in the area in northern Iraq, and has assisted more than half a million people.

Grande said that if more than 40,000 people flee at one time, no institution in the world can help, so the Iraqi military has made a real effort when they attack a neighborhood to keep the daily flight of people below the saturation point of 20,000.



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