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Death toll climbs as urban warfare slows battle for Mosul


Nearly 2,000 Iraqi troops were killed across Iraq in November as they battled to force ISIS extremists from the country, according to newly released UN figures.

That’s nearly triple the number of military casualties reported in October, when an offensive to retake the city of Mosul from ISIS first began.
The toll for November includes Iraqi army, police in combat, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and allied militias.
The Iraqi-led coalition forces’ advance slowed after Iraqi Security Forces entered Mosul last month, a densely populated urban environment where troops have had to fight street-to-street battles against deeply entrenched militants. – READ MORE
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