An Iraqi man holds his son wounded by the explosion of a mortar while he is treated by doctors at the field hospital located in Gogjali district in Mosul, Iraq, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
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The scope of the toll the 6-week-old battle for Mosul has taken on Iraqi forces emerged Thursday, with U.N. figures showing that around 2,000 had been killed in fighting last month alone.The United Nations' mission in Iraq released monthly casualty figures for November that showed 1,959 members of the Iraqi forces were killed just last month and 450 others wounded.A July 18 strike that killed 100 Daesh fighters also killed as many as 24 civilians, the statement added.The U.N. did not provide a regional breakdown of the overall toll but its casualty figures have been going up steadily since the launch of the Mosul offensive on Oct. 17 .The number of members of the Iraqi forces killed released by the U.N. for October was 672 .
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