Displaced Iraqis cross the Tigris river by a military boat after the bridge has been temporarily closed, south of Mosul, Iraq May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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The U.S.-backed Iraqi offensive to take back Mosul from Daesh (ISIS) gained fresh momentum on Thursday, with an armored division trying to advance into the city from the northern side.The attack will help the elite Counter Terrorism Service and Interior Ministry Federal Police troops who are painstakingly advancing from the south.Gen. Yahya Rasool, a spokesman for the joint operations command, told state television.The Iraqi army said on April 30 that it aimed to finish the battle for Mosul, the largest city to have fallen under Daesh control in both Iraq and Syria, this month.Close U.S. support should help the involvement of the armored division and reduce the risk for civilians, U.S. Army Lt. Col. James Browning, the partnered adviser to the Iraqi 9th Armored Division, told Reuters at the base.Browning recalls Maliki asking.
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