Iraqi Forces Capture Vital Bridge in Mosul Offensive
They’re making progress. Having already reclaimed the eastern side of the militants’ last urban stronghold in Iraq, government forces began a push into western Mosul two weeks ago, battling ISIS car bombs to capture the key al-Hurriya bridge this morning. More than 45,000 civilians have fled the city in the past week as fighting accelerated. Now nearby refugee camps are close to capacity — which may swiftly become a much bigger problem as the 650,000 people estimated to still be sheltering in Mosul make a break for it.