Mosul residents deny findings of U.S. probe into Iraq strike

Iraqi forces push into three neighbourhoods in western Mosul

The advance of government troops slowed on Sunday in the last push to drive Islamic State group militants from remaining pockets of Mosul, two Iraqi military officers said.

Its capital, Baghdad, and a northern city, Mosul.

More than 30 ISIL fighters were also killed in heavy clashes.

The United National humanitarian co-ordinator in Iraq says civilians are being hit hardest as the military assault against ISIS militants in Mosul enters its final phase.

The Colonel added that around 50,000 fighters with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) supported by the International Coalition were now getting prepared to regain the Syrian city of Raqqa.

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The United Nations said that "as many as 200,000 additional people may try to leave in coming days" and that both Iraqi forces and ISIS fighters are obligated under global law to protect civilians.

London - While Iraqi military sources warned on Friday from an imminent offensive in the Old City of Mosul, trapped civilians in the area were facing hard choices on how to evacuate. "Majority have been wounded as they try to reach towards safety, but in densely populated Mosul, where bombs continue to fall and snipers continue to shoot, there is no place that is safe", he said.

Reports say almost 760,000 people have already escaped the embattled Iraqi city over the past months. One of the worst incidents came on March 17, where the Pentagon determined a US airstrike set off secondary explosives laid by IS; the ensuing blast killed more than 100 civilians sheltering in a home in western Mosul.

Iraqi officials demanded compensation from the US -led coalition following an investigation into a March 17 airstrike in which the Pentagon acknowledged a USA bomb targeting Islamic State group fighters in Mosul set off a series of explosions that killed more than 100 civilians.

After almost eight months of fighting Iraqi forces appear poised to retake what was once the Islamic State's largest stronghold in Iraq and the birthplace of its caliphate.

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Earlier this week, the military said it had dropped "hundreds of thousands of leaflets" on IS-held areas of Mosul urging "citizens to exit via safe corridors towards security forces". Civilians too have been caught in the crossfire, leaving hundreds of thousands displaced and thousands dead.

The enclave covers mainly the Old City centre and three adjacent districts alongside the western bank of the Tigris river.

The move to clear the Old City marks a shift in approach.

Ayad Sayyid, a doctor working at a clinic treating civilians fleeing Mosul said as the battle has ground on he is seeing more children and elderly patients suffering from malnutrition.

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