Islamic State in 'fight to the death' in Mosul

Islamic State militants are in a "fight to the death" as Iraqi forces close in on their last foothold in the northern city of Mosul, a commander has said.

General Abdel Ghani al-Asadi, the head of Iraq's special forces, said Iraqi military are just 250 metres from the Tigris river after retaking the city's main hospital compound the day before.

He said the militants are increasingly resorting to suicide bombings, and he expects the fighting to get even heavier as they are pushed closer to the river.

Iraqi forces launched the operation to retake Mosul, the country's second largest city, in October.


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