Led Coalition Hits Main Mosul Hospital With Airstrike

ISIS attack

It said Iraqi security forces launched an operation Tuesday to try to seize control of the Al Salem hospital complex in East Mosul, which it says ISIS was using "as a base of operations and command and control headquarters". The IS-linked Aamaq news agency released a almost two-minutelong video on Wednesday, purporting to show the aftermath of the airstrike.

United States and Iraqi fighters have battled for weeks to regain control of Mosul, Iraq's second city, Isis's last major redoubt in the country.

The battle for the al-Salam hospital highlights the challenges Iraqi forces face as they move deeper into the city.

The US has often been reluctant to provide figures on enemy casualties.

Seven weeks into the Iraqi operation to retake Mosul, IS fighters are still contesting every block of Iraq's second largest city, and the battle will likely continue well into next year.

The U.N.is scrambling to find enough land to shelter those displaced by the fighting to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group as humanitarians brace for the exodus of as many as 700,000 people from the city, an official said Wednesday.

The attack "inflicted heavy losses", Iraqi Army Sgt. Maj.

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LIVELEAKAn Islamic State militant is seen pulling a troop behind the vehicle after the explosion

The Iraqi Army's 9th Armoured Division announced the recapture of al-Salam Hospital in eastern Mosul. Qaim, located about 320 km west of Baghdad, is among a number of small towns in the western Anbar province still ruled by the extremists.

The authenticity of the video could not be verified. The Iraq Special Forces further managed to wrest control over al-Elam neighborhood in eastern Mosul.

"These kinds of incidents are not going to help anyone, certainly not the Iraqi government".

The US-led coalition has conducted an airstrike on a hospital building in Mosul after Iraqi forces fell under fire coming from the complex and requested support. Progress on the ground in Mosul has been slowed by heavily armored IS vehicle bombs, snipers and networks of tunnels that allow the fighters to move without being seen by USA -led coalition aircraft.

Elsewhere, a wave of bombing attacks hit commercial areas in and around the capital, Baghdad, on Wednesday, killing at least 17 civilians and wounding 57, police and health officials said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but they bore all the hallmarks of the Islamic State group, which has staged dozens of similar attacks in the past.

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