Iraq War: American confirmation followed a decision by Iraqi government forces to pause their drive to recapture west Mosul.
Mosul War Report Updates: “We are stunned by this terrible loss of life,” Lise Grande, the humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, said in a statement.
The trucks carrying food, water and blankets from Shi’ite cities in southern Iraq are welcomed by hungry and war-weary residents of Mosul, Islamic State’s last major Iraqi stronghold.
“We tried at Hammam al-Alil camp,” about 35 km (22 miles) south of Mosul, the 50-year-old said. “It was full.”
“I have 18 bodies I need to bury — my brother’s family,” Faisal Umm Tayran, 50, said matter-of-factly. “They’re just lying in the garden at the moment.”
Iraqi leaders say the battle to recapture Mosul is reaching its final stages, trumpeting each gain made against the militants.
“Initial checks of the mass grave revealed remains with prison uniforms and lined up in a way that indicates they were shot dead in groups,” said Karim Nouri, spokesman for the Hashid Shaabi.
One Mosul resident said his brother had suddenly reappeared at the house on Friday after spending a month in captivity for possessing a mobile phone.
IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul Caught in ‘Strange and Terrifying’ Battle as Islamic State Foreign Soldiers Fight to the End
Families cowered in basements, huddling in dark as war raged between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants fighting for control of the streets of Mosul.
“There has been a voluntary return by displaced people to newly-liberated areas [of the city], with at least 72,000 returning so far to their homes in eastern Mosul,” he said.
Twelve people, including women and children, are being treated for possible exposure to chemical weapons agents in Mosul, where Islamic State is fighting off an offensive by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces, the United Nations said on Saturday.
The officer pulled a teenager onto a raised platform and asked the group if he belonged to Islamic State (IS).
The families cowered in basements, huddling in the dark as war raged overhead between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants fighting for control of the streets of Mosul.
U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul stormed the city’s airport and a nearby military base on Thursday, state television said.
Mattis, on his first trip to Iraq as Pentagon chief, is hoping to assess the war effort as U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launch a new push to evict Islamic State militants from their remaining stronghold in the city of Mosul.
Abadi said at a news conference that Iraq was best served by preserving U.S. alliance. “We are in a battle and we don’t want to harm the national interest.”
BAGHDAD: UN and several aid organizations estimated 750,000 civilians are still living under Islamic State rule in Mosul despite advances by Iraqi forces.
They recaptured “Al-Milayeen neighbourhood and Al-Binaa al-Jahiz area and raised the Iraqi flag over the buildings”, the military said in a statement.
Iraqi forces recaptured most of eastern Mosul in a 3-month old U.S.-backed offensive to drive Islamic State out of its last major stronghold in the country.
Iraqi special forces drove Islamic State militants in Mosul University campus while elite police units took over large areas along the Tigris river.