A military vehicle of Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) is seen in the streets of Qadisiyah neighborhood, north of Mosul, Iraq, Dec. 14, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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ISIS fighters have stepped up counterattacks on Iraqi forces in Mosul amid bad weather as the U.S.-backed offensive to capture their last major city stronghold in Iraq enters its third month.More than 100,000 Iraqi soldiers, Kurdish fighters and Iranian-backed Shi'ite volunteers are taking part in the offensive.A mainly western coalition is providing air and ground support to the offensive, led by the U.S. with more than 5,000 troops deployed in Iraq.Mosul is divided in two parts by the Tigris River that runs through its center.The United Nations earlier this month said nearly 2,000 members of the Iraqi security forces were killed across Iraq in November, a figure Iraq denied without indicating the losses among its troops.
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