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Iraqi troops advance into eastern outskirts of Mosul

Iraqi troops on the outskirts of Mosul Credit: APTN

Iraqi elite troops appear to be edging into Mosul, following two weeks of fighting against so-called Islamic State fighters in the surrounding area.

Reuters reported an Iraqi officer as saying troops had entered the al-Karama district east of the city.

"They have entered Mosul," General Wissam Araji of the US-trained Counter Terrorism Service said.

It came shortly after a military commander said were just a few hundred metres from Mosul and could enter the city "within hours".

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IS 'likely using abductees as human shields' in Mosul

Iraqi forces are intent on recapturing the city of Mosul Credit: Reuters

Fighters with so-called Islamic State are likely using villagers from areas around Mosul as human shields, a spokeswoman for the UN human rights office has said.

Citing "corroborated information" from the area, Ravina Shamdasani said that IS had abducted 550 families from villages around Mosul and are holding them close to IS locations in the Iraqi city.

She said the UN human rights office was also investigating reports that IS fighters had killed 40 civilians in one village.

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