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Mosul frontline: where friend mixes with foe

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>> I'm Reuters correspondent Steven Calin in the district of Mosul. Iraqi forces are trying to push back Islamic state from the last stronghold in the country. We're basically at the front line of the fight here in Eastern Mosul and the Iraqi counter terrorism forces, the neighborhood behind us.
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Yesterday, this is the front line and they're trying to slowly push forward but they're getting quite a bit of resistance. There was a car bomb just a few feet from me this morning, and some of the soldiers have been firing mortars for the last hour trying to reach a sniper in a building on the other side of the wall in front of me.
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So, the military is dealing with heavy street fighting. There are still a lot of civilians here. The civilians are coming out and it's often difficult from our perspective to know whether they are friendly or possibly ISIS infiltrators. The soldiers seem to have a pretty good, a lot of confidence that they know who is who.
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They can tell what's happening, but as we saw the car bomb got on to their main road and either detonated itself or was blown up by the forces here. It's hard to say exactly about a couple of hundred metres away from us, and they've been dropping mortars this morning The whole situation is complicated by the presence of civilians and the desire of the government forces not to inflict too much damage on the city of 1.5 million