As US-backed Iraqi forces are advancing on ISIS-held western Mosul, the UNHCR says it’s extremely concerned about the thousands of civilians trapped in the city, as there’s a high risk of casualties, spokesperson Matthew Saltmarsh says.
Iraqi government forces have retaken Mosul’s airport from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and stormed a military base in a bid to enter the terrorist-held city, where up 750,000 civilians remain trapped.
This comes as the Pentagon's Baghdad-based spokesperson, Col. John Dorrian, admitted that US troops came under fire in the embattled city.
“They have come under fire at different times, our forces... that have been in Mosul and other places around Iraq,” he said at a press briefing on Wednesday.
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