A woman holds a young injured girl as Iraqi forces continue their advance against Islamic State militants in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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With the fight for Mosul in its final stage Monday, Daesh (ISIS) militants sent female suicide bombers hidden among fleeing civilians, while Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led coalition unleashed punishing airstrikes and artillery fire that set dozens of buildings ablaze. At least one Iraqi soldier was killed and five were wounded in the two separate suicide attacks, the military said. Monday's two suicide bombings against Iraqi soldiers followed three other such attacks by women – some of them were teenagers – in the previous two days, Sgt.Government troops advancing through the Old City were using rougher tactics to clear the remaining pockets of Daesh forces.Hussein, of the special forces, and a group of about a dozen men searched on foot Monday for more suicide bombers.For most of the soldiers in Mosul, the final days of the grueling battle caps more than three years of fighting the militants.
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