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Watch: Dramatic video of Mosul battle, reporters escape explosions

Iraqi and Kurdish forces backed by a US-led coalition launched a multi-pronged assault this week to retake Mosul and surrounding areas from Islamic State militant group. Elite troops have been closing in on the last jihadist bastion in Iraq in a long-anticipated offensive.

world Updated: Oct 22, 2016 00:53 IST
Iraqi army gather after the liberation a village from Islamic State militants, south of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq.
Iraqi army gather after the liberation a village from Islamic State militants, south of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq.(REUTERS)

Iraqi and Kurdish forces backed by a US-led coalition launched a multi-pronged assault this week to retake Mosul and surrounding areas from the Islamic State militant group.

Elite troops have been closing in on the last jihadist bastion in Iraq in a long-anticipated offensive. The operation is the largest undertaken by the Iraqi military since the 2003 US-led invasion.

Britain’s ITV NEWS has caught a glimpse of the intense fighting on camera. A team of reporters narrowly escaped suicide bombers as the battle raged. Check out the dramatic footage, which was posted on Twitter, here: