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>> Iraqi forces continue to push into Mosul from the north Friday, the second day of a new effort to speed up the process of dislodging Islamic State. Members of the militant group are now besieged in the north-western corner of the city. The place where their so called caliphate was first declared in 2014.
A spokesman for the joint operations command said the end was near.>> Islamic State is dying now. It is breathing its last breaths. Only a few neighborhoods on the right side remain. And God willing, we will announce news of victories, and the full liberation and clearing of the remaining part of the right side of Mosul.
> Photos taken by a drone over the northwestern suburb of Mashurfur, showed the militants have scant defenses there. The spokesman telling Reuters that the militants didn't have time to make barriers and that the advance of the Iraqi forces had been swift.>>