Heavy fighting in Mosul as Iraqi forces launch assault on Isis militants

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Special forces advance deep into urban areas of the city but Isis fighters hit back by striking Abrams tank with rocket

Heavy fighting has erupted in the eastern neighbourhoods of Mosul as Iraqi special forces launched an assault deeper into the urban areas of the city and swung round to attack Islamic State militants from a second entry point, to the north-east.

Columns of armoured vehicles wound through open desert to open the new front, pushing through dirt berms, drawing heavy fire and calling in airstrikes to enter the middle class neighbourhoods of Tahrir and Zahara. The area was once named after former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

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