An Iraqi army T-72 tank heads to the frontline during a battle against the Islamic State (IS) group near the Fourth Bridge over the Tigris River connecting eastern and western Mosul on January 10, 2017. AFP / Dimitar DILKOFF
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The leaflet dropped from the skies over Mosul urged Daesh (ISIS) militants to give themselves up.Iraqi forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition took the Hadba apartment complex several days ago as the campaign to drive Daesh out of Mosul gains momentum in the city's east.A tour arranged for Reuters to show off the government forces' latest gains showed how the militants, though vastly outnumbered and overpowered, are still putting up a fight for their largest urban stronghold.The complex is made up of more than 160 blocks – the three-story buildings now giving Iraqi forces an added advantage over the enemy, which is being pushed back toward the Tigris River bisecting Mosul from north to south.A ground-floor apartment served as a real estate office for Daesh, which rented out the apartments of those who fled to people displaced from other parts of Mosul or beyond during the two years they ruled over the city.
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