IS car bombs, mortars slow down Iraqi advance on Mosul

October 19, 2016 8:47 AM

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IS car bombs, mortars slow down Iraqi advance on Mosul

KHAZER, Iraq – Islamic State militants have deployed suicide car bombs and fired mortar rounds to slow down the advance of Iraqi troops outside a key town near the militant-held city of Mosul.

An officer with the Iraqi army's 9th Division told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his troops are around 1 kilometer (half mile) away from Hamdaniyah, a historically Christian town also known as Bakhdida.

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