Mosul Today: Iraqi Kurdish forces advance, mass grave found

On the southern front, Iraqi forces are still some 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the city center.

Iraqi troops advancing south of the militant-held city of Mosul on Monday discovered a mass grave containing about 100 decapitated bodies.

An Iraqi woman who had fled the fighting is pleading with the soldiers as her son is being questioned by the Iraqi army 9th armoured division at an operating base adjacent to the Al-Intissar neighbourhood of Mosul on November 7, 2016.

He said a forensics team from Baghdad would investigate the site on Tuesday. The police spokesman said it appeared the bodies had been buried for a year or more.

"It's different from anything we've seen before", said Charlie Winter, a senior fellow at the ICSR think-tank who tracks the use of suicide bombers.

Islamic State fighters have sought to slow the offensive on their Mosul stronghold with waves of suicide auto bomb attacks in recent weeks.

"Gangs of ISIS militants continue to commit crimes against our people", the Iraqi military said.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), more than 22,000 people have been displaced since the Mosul campaign began three weeks ago.

"Baghdadi is active and constantly moving between the border regions of Iraq and Syria amid arid areas of desert where it is easy to navigate without being caught", the source said.

Kurdish forces have encircled the town which is believed to be empty except for Isil fighters.

The military offensive, which started last month, involves more than 25,000 Iraqi ground forces as well as US -led coalition aircraft and advisers.

Smoke rose from the town throughout the day, with large explosions sending dark clouds into the sky.

Both sides fired mortar rounds and automatic weapons, while the Iraqi troops also responded with artillery. A senior military commander says more than 5,000 civilians have been evacuated from newly-retaken eastern parts of the Islamic State group-held city of Mosul and taken to camps.

Through the terrorist group's own underground media channels, ISIS released the following video of militants in the streets of Mosul firing at the troops from the joint Iraqi-Kurdish force that has moved in to drive the ISIS fighters out after ISIS has held on to Mosul since June of 2014.

"Daesh is trying to draw a line, " Aziz said of the heavy fighting in Mosul's easternmost neighborhoods, referring to the militant group by its Arabic acronym.

A BBC news crew came within inches of being blasted by an ISIS bomb as they filmed in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Iraqi forces have made uneven progress since the operation to retake Mosul began on October 17.

"We walked several miles, taking with us only the clothes we were wearing and white flags we waved the entire way", said the 34-year-old, wearing a brown fake leather jacket.

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