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Fighting for every yard: on the ground with Kurdish troops pushing into Mosul

Peshmerga troops realise that retaking the city will be no walkover as Isis digs in to defend its last urban redoubt in Iraq The factory seemed to be abandoned, but the cautious peshmerga troops were not convinced: spotters had identified it as an Islamic State lookout point. As dawn broke over Mount Zardek, a column of Kurdish war wagons – armour, officers in pickup trucks, and troops on foot – stopped at a ridgeline above, and contemplated.
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