Iraqi troops face brutal 'house by house' fight in final push against Isis in Mosul

Iraqi forces are facing the final battle to defeat Isis in the country for good as elite troops engage in a gruelling building-by-building fight in the last few extremist-controlled neighbourhoods of Mosul.

Iraqi coalition forces, supported by a US-led international coalition, have succeeded in retaking the side of the city east of the River Tigris that cuts through it, and 30 per cent of west Mosul, after more than 100 days of bitter fighting. 

The remaining Isis fighters – thought to have at the most numbered between 6,000 – 10,000 men – are now heavily outnumbered by 100,000

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