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ITV News sees weapons left by IS fighters outside Mosul

The Iraqi Army load a truck with weapons left behind by IS fighters. Credit: Lufti Abu Aun

ITV News has seen "dozens of landmines and various amounts of ammunition" left by retreating so-called Islamic State militants as the Iraqi Army battle to reach Mosul.

News Editor Lufti Abu Aun says the Army's 9th Division claimed to have liberated 10 villages southwest of the city - including Ibrahim al Khalil and Adla - where they came across the weapons cache.

Iraqi forces hold aloft an Islamic State flag left behind by retreating militant fighters. Credit: Lufti Abu Aun
A Iraqi Army soldier is seen in front of an uncovered landmine. Credit: Lufti Abu Aun

Lufti Abu Aun recorded a video of the ITV News team in an Iraqi army humvee driving to the liberated villages.

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ITV News sees liberated Iraqi village

ITV News Middle East News Editor Lutfi Abu Aun has seen the rocket launcher pads left behind by the so-called Islamic State as Peshmerga forces continue the operation to liberate Mosul.

Abu Aun is embedded with group as they battle to reclaim city from the terror group and said Tuesday had been a "relatively calm day" on the eastern frontline.

France and Iraq to co-host Mosul summit

Kurdish Peshmerga forces advance towards Mosul. Credit: APTN

France and Iraq will co-host a ministerial summit on October 20 to discuss how to stabilise Mosul once the so-called Islamic State have been defeated there.

Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said defeating the terrorists in their Iraqi stronghold could take time and, with militants expected to escape over Syrian border into Raqqa, it was important to consider how best to retake that city too.

He said: "For Raqqa, a similar method will be needed to Mosul. It will take time and political will, but we have to organize ourselves.

"We can't let Islamic State reconstitute itself or strengthen to create an even more dangerous hub. We have to prepare ourselves."

'Spare civilians and allow the wounded out of Mosul'

Civilians who fled Mosul and Hawija are pictured in a refugee camp earlier this month. Credit: Reuters

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has appealed for all sides in the battle for Mosul to spare civilians and allow the wounded to be evacuated.

Robert Mardini, the charity's regional director for the Near and Middle East, said they have reinforced medical centres and will be able to treat any patient contaminated in the event of a chemical attack.

The aid agency said they plan to monitor the treatment of people detained or screened by the Iraqi government as they flee the northern city.

They said they still hope to have dialogue with so-called Islamic State fighters about the "basic rules of war".

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