>> Black clouds of bomb smoke billowing over Mosul. Iraqi forces have already captured the east of the city. Now they're facing increasingly stiff resistance as they advance deeper into the west of the Islamic State's stronghold.
hadists using mortar rounds and sniper fire to try to hold off the offensive.
> And drive the government troops out of their last major bastion in the country. Progress by rapid response units also being slowed by heavy rain on Monday. But military officials said troops were only 100 meters from the iron bridge which connects the old city with eastern Mosul.
The next step would be recapturing it. This would mean Iraqi forces control three of the five bridges spanning the Tigris River.
nce October, US-backed Iraqi forces have recaptured eastern Mosul and around 30% of the west. 65,000 people have fled in the last two weeks. Federal police forces have been carrying out house-to-house searches as Iraqi forces slowly retake territory.
More evidence is emerging of war crimes committed by the Sunni Islamist militants. They targeted Shiite Muslims and religious minorities, as well as opponents from their own sect