>> Celebrations on the front line. Iraqi forces declaring that Islamic State has been driven out of eastern Mosul.>>
> The lieutenant general says capturing the western half of the city, still fully under militant control would be an easier task. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi echoing that victory is near. It took three months to get to the eastern bank of the Tigris river, and officers had previously said the densely populated West Bank could be a tricky military operation.
Iraq's rapid response forces are firing into the western part of the city. While USS strikes have been hitting bridges across the river which bisects Mosul north to south to stop Islamic state reinforcements joining the fighting in the East. The civilians making it to safer ground is harder. Militants are also trying to block a future westward advance by the military as they dig in to defend their last Iraqi stronghold.