Relatives mourn over the body on an Iraqi child, killed in an airstrike targetting Islamic State (IS) group jihadists, West Mosul on March 17, 2017. / AFP / ARIS MESSINIS
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Iraqi forces battling Daesh (ISIS) in Mosul edged into the Old City and around the Al-Nouri Mosque Friday, trying to seal off a main road to prevent militants sending in suicide bombers to attack their positions.Five months into the campaign to liberate Mosul, Daesh's last major stronghold in the country, Iraqi forces backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes have retaken the eastern half of the city and about half of the western side across the Tigris River.Troops were trying to besiege the Old City and cut off a street leading out to prevent Daesh dispatching the armored suicide car and truck bombs that have been targeting army positions inside the city.Daesh forces swept in to control a third of Iraq when the army abandoned its positions and fled two years ago.
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