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Islamic State snipers slow the battle for Mosul

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>> He was hit while appearing through a hole in the wall not 10 inches across. The Iraqi soldier, the target of an Islamic State sniper over 200 yards away. The second casualty for this unit in less than a day in the battle for Mosul. Reuters John Davison was there.
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>> So we've just been in a house which has been taken over a couple of days ago by the 9th armored division. Inside Mosul, in the eastern areas of Mosul. But they've been tied down by an Islamic State sniper which has just shot one of their men. He got injured, it went through close to his eye, went through his face while we were up on the roof.
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So, we've come down there, they're treating him. I think
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> Okay, so they've taken him off in a Humvee to the hospital to be treated. His wounds were quite serious and there was blood all over the floor. So we're just waiting now for the Hummer to come back and then we'll get out of here as well.
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>> For the soldiers and militia trying to reclaim the city, it is a slog.
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aqi forces saw rapid advances in Mosul's outskirts. And they say they've killed up to 1,000 militants. But holdouts like that sniper and booby traps mean it can take up to a week to clear an area even after it's been cordoned off from the rest of Islamic State's territory.
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IS has also employed unconventional tactics, like the use of these drones laden with explosives. Fear of civilian casualties slows progress even further. Even if all of us are killed, this soldier says, we will still liberate the city. A brutal push with up to a million lives in the balance.