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American troops and Iraqi security forces launched a major operation to regain control of Mosul yesterday
American troops and Iraqi security forces launched a major operation to regain control of Mosul yesterday, after a week of lawlessness which saw large parts of Iraq's third city fall under the control of militants determined to open a new front in the insurgency. As hundreds of US troops targeted western parts of the city, American jets roared overhead. Mortar attacks from insurgents near the centre killed three people and wounded 25 others, and there were also attacks on the offices of Kurdish political parties. The violence in Mosul is part of a general wave of guerrilla activity throughout Sunni Arab areas of Iraq triggered by the US-led assault on Falluja. A security source in Mosul estimated the number of insurgents in the city to be between 1,500 and 2,000, many of them having fled the south in recent weeks, informs Reuters. According to NDTV, US and Iraqi troops have recaptured police stations and secured bridges in the northern city of Mosul in an offensive aimed at pushing out fighters supporting the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah. Troops met "very little resistance" yesterday in securing several of the dozen or so police stations that had been captured by insurgents, the US military command said. Nineveh province's deputy governor said militants blew up the Zuhour police station ahead of the US advance, but the US military denied any stations were destroyed. Loud explosions and gunfire could be heard as US warplanes and helicopters circled over Mosul, Iraq's third-largest city with more than one million residents. Mortar shells hit two areas near the main government building in the city centre, killing three civilians and wounding 25, hospital officials said. One American soldier was wounded when a car bomb exploded near a US convoy in western Mosul, the military said. The US-led offensive is aimed at seizing control of the city, where gunmen stormed police stations, bridges and political offices last week. The operation was launched after US and Iraqi reinforcements were rushed to Mosul
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