Wednesday, 07 December 2016 17:50
Islamic State militants attacked Iraqi soldiers near a hospital in southeast
Mosul on Wednesday, an army officer and the militants group's new agency said,
trying to repel the army's deepest advances of the seven-week Mosul campaign. The
fighting came a day after the army's operations commander for Mosul said soldiers surged
into the city and took over the Salam hospital, less than a mile (1.5 km) from
the Tigris river which divides
eastern and western Mosul.
rapid advance marked a change in military tactics after more than a month of
gruelling fighting in the east of the city, in which the army has sought to
capture and clear neighbourhoods block by block. But
it left the attacking forces exposed, and the Islamic State news agency Amaq
said on Wednesday some of them were surrounded. It said a suicide bomber blew
himself up near the hospital, killing 20 soldiers. Eight armoured personnel
carriers were also destroyed in the fighting, Amaq said. There
was no official ...