United States coalition strikes over 90 Daesh boats in Mosul

Iraqi security forces on Saturday continued fierce clashes to drive out the militants of the extremist Islamic State (IS) group from their last strongholds in the northern outskirts of the city of Mosul, the Iraqi military said.

CBS News correspondent Charlie D'Agata reports that in some neighborhoods of eastern Mosul, there is a sense that things are returning to normal.

An Iraqi News report quoted a statement from a local leader as saying: "The Islamic State is still controlling dozens of oil wells in Alas fields, east of Salahuddin Province, while stealing almost 100 barrels daily to be sent toward Hawija then outside the country".

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The latest territorial gains nearly seal the Iraqi forces' control over the eastern bank of the Tigris River, with only Rashidiyah neighborhood left to be retaken.

"God willing, there will be a meeting in the next few days attended by all the commanders concerned with liberation operations", he said, replying to a question on when he expects a thrust into the Western side of Mosul to begin.

On Oct. 17, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of a major offensive to retake Mosul, the country's second largest city.

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The western half of the city has the oldest neighborhoods, with some of the narrowest streets - some of them not even wide enough for vehicles to pass - so much of the fighting will have to be done on foot.

D'Agata notes that USA and coalition forces have blown up most of the bridges leading across the Tigris into the western half of the city, which is going to complicate things further for Iraqi troops.

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