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The Wall Street Journal: Battle for Mosul intensifies as Iraqi forces enter city

BAZWAYA, Iraq — Iraqi security forces entered Mosul on Tuesday, with the crackle of gunfire in densely populated neighborhoods signaling a dangerous new stage of urban combat for control of the Islamic State-held city.

Iraqi forces coming from the east advanced within the city limits in the early afternoon, a U.S. official said. Other troops pressured militants from the south, as did Shiite militias to the west, tightening the military cordon around Mosul and outlying towns and villages.

Iraqi Forces Enter the City Limits of Mosul

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Iraq’s special forces entered the city limits of Mosul on Tuesday, the first time since Islamic State captured the city more than two years ago, moving toward the urban center.

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