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>>
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e siege of Mosul growing more brutal as Islamic State is pushed back, deeper into their last Iraqi stronghold.
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t for an American General on the ground south of the city, the battle has all ready been decided.>> The game is up. They have lost this fight and what you're seeing is a delaying action.
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>> Brigadier General Matthew Isler says Islamic State is aware of their defeat, its leadership either dead or attempting to flee the city as are its foreign recruits, leaving its Iraqi membership to fend for themselves.>> They're not well organized and well integrated. And as a result of that, the Iraqi security forces are able to make significant progress each day.
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>> The jihadists are also vastly outnumbered. The battle involved some 100,000 Iraqi soldiers alongside Kurdish fighters and Shi'ite militias. These American troops embedded among the Iraqis. Compare that to the 6,000 Islamic State members thought to have been in the city at the start of the campaign. The coalition claims to have killed at least 1,000 of them.
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Iraq's own prime minster visiting the front line on Tuesday. Yet, casualties for the coalition have also been reportedly heavy. Islamic State resistance and counter attacks growing more intense. Baghdad has refused to release official estimates on how many they've lost.>> It's at the tactical level. It is a very hard fight against an enemy that's been preparing over two years in their defensive works.
00:01:35
>> For the hundreds of thousands still living in IS territory, few options. Face starvation if they stay or risk fleeing under fire from the remaining militants.