A family trying to escape fighting between Iraqi forces and Daesh militants cry on a street in Mosul. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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U.S.-backed Iraqi forces Tuesday battled their way to within firing range of Mosul's main government buildings, a major target in the offensive to dislodge Daesh militants from their remaining stronghold in the western side of the city. Terrified civilians were fleeing the fighting, some toward government lines, often under militant fire. Iraqi forces captured the eastern side of Mosul in January after 100 days of fighting and launched their attack on the districts that lie west of the Tigris River on Feb. 19 .The U.S. commander in Iraq has said he believes U.S.-backed forces will recapture both Mosul and Raqqa – Daesh's Syria stronghold – within six months.Army, police, CTS and Rapid Response units attacking Daesh in western Mosul are backed by air and ground support from a U.S.-led coalition, including artillery fire.
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