Hundreds of Iraqis line up for food in Mosul after IS battle

The Kurdish Peshmerga and Shia militia are also working with Iraqi forces under the direction of Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi.

Running for nearly half an hour, the footage includes several drone shots of suicide auto bomb attacks, ground shots of anti-tank missiles fired at Iraqi armoured vehicles and scenes of street-to-street fighting in Mosul. A global outcry erupted past year when the militants bulldozed much of the city's archaeological site to destroy ancient symbols they viewed as idolatrous. "There are so many civilian cars and any one of them could be a bomb", he said.

"The 9th division of the Iraqi army has liberated the town of Nimrud completely and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings after the enemy suffered heavy casualties", Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Raheed Yar Allah said in a statement. They moved us to here and there is a lack of food, water and a place to sleep.

In Qadisiya, a district that the special forces repeatedly have declared to be cleared, IS fighters launched a fierce counterattack Monday, said Maj. Bearded but wearing Reebok track trousers and Nike sweatshirts - outlawed brands on the streets of Mosul under Islamic State - they returned home with a single jar of tahini, all they could find on the bare market shelves.Despite food shortages in the city, Hassan, 30, was reluctant to flee with his three children, ages 3, 2 and 1."I don't want to take my family to the camps", he said.

Meanwhile, eight people were killed and almost 20 wounded on Monday in two separate auto bomb blasts that hit police checkpoints in Falluja, a former stronghold of IS west of Baghdad, police sources said.

"They dislocate the families, they take the newborn babies, and they put them in Islamist families", he said, explaining that young boys are trained as terrorists, and "forced to put bombs" on streets, and carry out other atrocities.

Mosul has been under the tight control of the extremists for more than two years and is still home to some 1 million civilians.


Shamoun himself said he has been displaced five times, and that he now believes there is no future for Christians or minorities in the Middle East. "Leaders' political goals don't justify demolishing homes illegally".

Kurdish authorities say they abide by human rights laws and deny having any strategy to destroy homes.

"Maybe they could get bigger drones", Moayyad said.

Also Sunday, a wave of attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 23 people and wounded 70 others, inflaming already combustive sectarian tensions in the country.

Police say Tuesday's attacks targeted outdoor markets, Shiite pilgrims and anti-Islamic State Sunni tribal fighters. There, an explosives-laden vehicle parked near a checkpoint killed a policeman and two civilians, and wounded 12 others.

The capital has seen near-daily bombings since the Mosul operation began, but no large-scale attacks.

"WFP is concerned about the food security of people trapped inside Mosul, and in areas surrounding the city", said Sally Haydock, WFP Country Director in Iraq.

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