An elderly displaced Iraqi woman who fled from Islamic State militants carries a baby in Mosul, Iraq July 3, 2017. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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Shop owner Adnan dragged himself from the rubble two days in a row after the houses he was sheltering in were bombed, one after the other, in the U.S.-led campaign to uproot the last Daesh militants from Mosul.Iraqi forces have pushed Daesh into a shrinking rectangle no more than 300 by 500 meters beside the Tigris River, but slowed their advance Tuesday out of caution for an estimated 10,000 civilians trapped there alongside the militants.Residents have been caught in the crossfire – and often intentionally targeted by Daesh – since the offensive began more than eight months ago. In that time, security forces have detained around 400 suspected Daesh members, he said.The number of Daesh militants fighting in Mosul, by far the biggest city it has ever controlled, has dwindled from thousands at the start of the U.S.-backed offensive to a couple of hundred now, according to the Iraqi military.
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