An Iraqi special forces fighter moves between buildings near the front line during fighting with Islamic State militants, in eastern Mosul, Iraq, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Daesh (ISIS) has summarily killed 21 civilians in Mosul it accused of collaborating with U.S.-backed security forces, which said their offensive to recapture the city from the militants had made further advances.Interior Ministry spokesman Saad Maan said Tuesday that Iraqi forces in the east of the city, which also include part of a tank division, had dislodged Daesh fighters from a third of the eastern side of the city.Iraqi military estimates put the number of Daesh fighters in the city at 5,000 to 6,000 . Facing them is a 100,000-strong coalition of Iraqi government forces, Kurdish fighters and Shiite paramilitary units, which has all but surrounded the city.Maan, the Interior Ministry spokesman, said so far 955 insurgents had been killed and 108 captured on the southern front lines alone.He did not give a toll for the campaign overall – either for security forces, civilians or Daesh fighters.It said the bodies of at least five Daesh fighters were mutilated and one militant had been executed after surrendering on Oct. 3 when the military and Sunni tribal fighters repelled an attack on Qayyarah.
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