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IRAQI FORCES MAKE FIRST PUSH INTO MOSUL


Advancing Iraq troops broke through Islamic State defense lines in an eastern suburb of Mosul on Monday, taking the battle for the insurgent stronghold to inside the city limits for the first time, a force commander said. They made the gain as the offensive to recapture Mosul -- the largest military operation in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003 -- entered its third week. Commanders had warned earlier that the battle for the city, the hardline militants' de facto capital in Iraq, could take weeks and possibly months. Troops of the Iraqi army's Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) moved forward on Gogjali.

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