U.S. General Sees Islamic State’s Capability Waning in East Mosul

MOSUL, IRAQ - NOVEMBER 7: Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government's peshmerga forces attend the operation to clear Bashiqa Town as the operation to retake Iraq's Mosul from Daesh terrorists continues, in Mosul, Iraq on November 7, 2016. A much anticipated Mosul offensive to liberate the city from Daesh began midnight of …
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(REUTERS) – The declining effectiveness of Islamic State attacks against Iraqi forces in eastern Mosul suggests the militants are starting to run out of resources with the campaign in its third month, a U.S. general told Reuters.

Since the U.S.-backed offensive began on Oct. 17, elite troops have retaken a quarter of the city in the biggest ground operation in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said the group will be driven out of the country by April.

The second phase of the campaign, launched last week following nearly a month of deadlock, has pushed Islamic State out of several more areas in eastern Mosul despite fierce resistance. Iraqi forces have yet to enter the west.

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