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The town is between Baghdad and Mosul, which Iraqi forces have been trying to retake from the Islamic State since October 17.

Iraqi President Fuad Masum said Islamic State will be "wiped out" in Mosul, but didn't say exactly when that would happen. Iraqi security forces have discovered several IS mass graves in areas that they have taken back from the group.

"We don't have any medical support", said Ibrahim Saad, a Mosul resident.

Thursday's attacks came as civilians were fleeing or venturing into the streets to ask for food from troops and aid agencies, Jabar said.

The U.N. estimates as many as a million people - maybe even more - still live in Mosul.

"They brought them by pickup trucks - they were around 40 people according to eyewitnesses who saw them", he said.

MOSUL, Iraq - Iraqi troops advanced cautiously into eastern districts of Mosul on Friday, facing stiff resistance from Islamic State militants a day after they paused their assault due to poor visibility, officers said.

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The texts, along with interviews with senior Kurdish officials and recently captured Islamic State fighters, offer an unusually detailed picture of the extremist group and its leader's state of mind as they make what may be their last stand in Iraq. Hundreds of civilians also continue to flee daily from areas still under IS control, filing past front lines and holding white flags fashioned from scraps of fabric.

Fallujah was the first Iraqi city to fall to Islamic State, in January 2014.

To the west of Mosul, government-sanctioned Shiite militias took control of the Tal Afar military airfield Friday night, said Jaafar al-Husseini, spokesman for the influential Hezbollah Brigades. They are now preparing to launch an operation to retake Mosul's airport on the city's southern edge.

According to the United Nations, more than 56,000 civilians have been forced from their homes since the operation began out of almost 1.5 million civilians living in and around Mosul. The CTS became the only unit to have breached the city limits from the eastern side two weeks ago.

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"It is correct that the conditions at the border are hard, and for us to get access to the refugees and IDPs [internally displaced people] took some time, because of the security situation and inhospitable terrain", he said.

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