More than 280 members of the Iraqi security forces had been killed since the beginning of the battle to retake western Mosul from ISIS, officials said on Wednesday.
The US-led coalition confirmed that 284 Iraqi security forces have been killed and over 1,600 wounded so far.
The head of the US military’s Central Command Joseph Votel said during a congressional hearing that in addition to the casualties in western Mosul, “the battle for eastern Mosul had led to 490 members of the Iraqi security forces being killed with over 3,000 wounded.”
Meanwhile, Iraqi army forces and police clashed with Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants amid attempts to edge closer to the strategic al-Nuri mosque in western Mosul.
Supported by the US-led coalition, the Iraqi troops tightened their control around the key mosque in the battle to recapture Iraq’s second city.
Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri
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