>> Iraqi forces are closing in on Mosul, Islamic states defected capital in the country. Troops here seen retaking a village near the city replacing the black banner of IS with the official Iraqi flag and pausing to celebrate their victory.
Now they are preparing for the final assault on the Islamic stronghold.>>
> Only a few kilometers now separate us from Mosul and god willing, our brave heroes will liberate it from those who have shed blood and defamed the sanctity of life and history. Iraq's Prime Minister has promised to retake Mosul by year end.
The US sending extra troops to help defensive but it won't be easy. Mosul is the largest city still held by IS, they're the Islamist maybe loosing ground, they're still thousands of fighters left in the city. They won't give up their capital without a fight.