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US and Iraqi troops pushed into insurgent-heavy neighbourhoods and stormed police stations in Mosul on Tuesday
US and Iraqi troops pushed into insurgent-heavy neighbourhoods and stormed police stations in Mosul on Tuesday, launching an offensive to retake parts of this northern Iraqi city where militants staged a mass uprising last week in support of insurgents in Fallujah. Mosul's five bridges were closed to start the operation and American forces began securing police stations in the western part of Iraq's third-largest city, said spokesperson Angela Bowman, reports News24. "We are in the process of securing all police stations and returning the police to these stations to put in place a strong police presence," Bowman told the Associated Press. "Some of those stations are in neighbourhoods on the western side of the city where there has been insurgent activity and presence. We are now moving through the neighbourhood." Three police stations reportedly blew up early Tuesday, shortly after insurgents who had controlled them fled. Troops closed off the five bridges in Mosul at the start of the assault, says CBC News. "The operation has been launched," said one military officer, Stuart Williams. "Two battalions are sweeping from the west side to the east." With combat helicopters and warplanes buzzing overhead, the military targeted isolated pockets of insurgents that who it said were continuing to operate in the mainly Sunni Muslim city, 370 kilometres (230 miles) north of Baghdad. On Monday, Iraq's interior ministry said seven police and 30 rebels were killed in clashes in Mosul on Sunday, including one incident in which a policeman was dragged from his hospital bed and hacked by insurgents, according to the Channel News Asia
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