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IS resistance in Mosul is weakening: commander

A mushroom cloud rises into the sky after a car bomb explodes in eastern Mosul on January 8, 2016, during an ongoing military operation against Islamic State (IS) group militantsThe number of jihadist car bomb attacks against Iraqi forces advancing in Mosul has fallen sharply to just a few a day, a top special forces commander said Tuesday. Major General Maan al-Saadi of the elite Counter-Terrorism Service, which has done much of the fighting in east Mosul, said the Islamic State group’s defence of its last major Iraqi bastion was weakening. “Car bombs have been a key component” of IS’s defence system since a broad offensive, Iraq’s largest military operation in years, was launched on October 17 to retake Mosul, Saadi told AFP inside the city.

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