The Guardian

Heavy fighting in Mosul as Iraqi forces launch assault on Isis militants

The Guardian


Heavy fighting has erupted in the eastern neighbourhoods of Mosul as Iraqi special forces launched an assault deeper into the urban areas of the city and Islamic State militants hit back, striking and disabling an Abrams tank with a rocket.

Isis fighters struck the tank with a rocket fired from a nearby building, sending its crew fleeing from the smoking vehicle, seemingly unharmed. The fighting has been the most intense urban combat in Mosul since the Iraqi offensive began over two weeks ago to drive Isis from the city, Iraq's second-largest.