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>> Finally free to leave. Iraqi civilians coming out of their homes in eastern Mosul on Saturday and heading to the safety of an emergency camp. Residents saying they've been trapped by Islamic State militants for two months, fearing for their lives. After weeks of deadlock, government forces are finally making progress in their bid to retake the city.
But it's been tough going. The militants have positioned themselves in civilian homes, using snipers and booby traps to slow the army's advance. Saturday saw heavy clashes on the southern and northern fronts, with an elite army unit pushing towards the north of the city. But forces have yet to cross the Tigris River and enter the western side.
The government's hoping the eventual recapture of Mosul will signal the end of Islamic State's so-called caliphate.
t it could pave the way for a new upsurge in guerilla-style attacks in Iraq and abroad.