Islamic State kills dozens in Mosul, including escaping child

Islamic State kills dozens in Mosul, including escaping child

"The maintenance team can not reach the pipeline because it lies in an area being fought over", Hussam al-Abar, a member of Mosul's Nineveh provincial council, told Reuters in one of the 15 districts and suburbs of the city where water was cut off.

A full siege is developing in Mosul as poor families struggle to feed themselves after prices rose sharply following the US-backed offensive on the Islamic State-held city in northern Iraq, humanitarian workers say. FILE - In this November 23, 2016 file photo, an Iraqi boy rides his bicycle as he follows the special forces Humvees on their way to the front line to battle against Islamic State militants, in the Al-Samah neighborhood in M.

The US-trained Counter Terrorism Service unit breached ISIL's defenses at the end of October, but has been slowed by the militants' mobile tactics and concern over civilian casualties preventing the use of tanks and heavy armor. Other forces are advancing on the city from different directions, and the US -led coalition is providing airstrikes and other support.

Mosul is still home to more than one million people despite the ongoing operation to retake the city.

Iraq is at risk of partition and the worst sectarian bloodletting since the 2003 US -led invasion if Shi'ite paramilitary units get involved in the fight against Islamic State for Mosul, a senior Sunni Iraqi politician said on Monday.

Hazem Saleh, who was interviewed in shackles in the presence of a Kurdish official, was partly motivated by anger at the treatment of Sunnis by the mostly Shia Iraqi army, but mostly by the need to survive. But no target was hit inside ISIS-held neighborhoods of Mosul, an indication that the Iraqi army will likely be engaged in street clashes longer than it expected, before the city is cleared of the Islamic zealots.

"They stage fewer suicide bombings".

A Reuters correspondent in eastern Mosul saw civilians fleeing fighting in one of the districts.

Brigadier General Haider Fadhil of Iraq's special forces said on Monday that his men have now taken 60% of Mosul's Zohour neighbourhood.

The militias captured the air strip outside Tal Afar last week, but they are yet to launch their much heralded assault with the army on the city itself. In the Mosul fight, Human Rights Watch accused the militia groups of beating and detaining villagers southeast of the city where they are operating.

Mosul, some 400 km north of Iraqi capital of Baghdad, has been under the IS control since June 2014, when Iraqi government forces abandoned their weapons and fled, enabling IS militants to take control of parts of Iraq's northern and western regions.

Up to 6,000 IS fighters remain in Mosul, including as many as 1,500 foreign fighters, with French and Belgians believed to number several hundreds, according to a senior military intelligence officer in Mosul.

Mosul is the last urban stronghold Isis has in Iraq and Mr Abadi said liberating it would lead to the extremist group's eventual demise, since it would decrease its ability to recruit foreign fighters and attract financing. "This could threaten the future of the Iraqi state", Khanjar said in an interview in Amman.