Video captures deadly blast, fierce fighting in Mosul

Posted at 8:13 PM, Jul 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-03 20:13:14-04

MOSUL, IRAQ (CNN) - As Iraqi allied forces continue to fight, they are said to be close to liberating Mosul from ISIS fighters. Video shows the horrific war and its toll on Mosul residents, including a deadly blast. 

The Iraqi commander in Nineveh Province, Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Rasheed Yarallah, said on Monday that the mission to free Mosul, the site of biblical Nineveh, is almost complete up to the banks of the Tigris River.

“Here we are today, and we are almost finished with our mission ‘Coming to you Nineveh,’” he said. “We are almost finished with Nineveh Province, and we have completed what we promised to do. The heroic forces of all formations from the joint operations - military, counter-terrorism, federal police, quick reaction forces, and the paramilitary forces - they finished liberating the majority of the Nineveh Province. Only a few parts of the Province areas are left, leading up to the Tigris River.”

On Sunday, at least 14 people were killed, among them four children and a captain in the Iraqi police, when a suicide bomber detonated a device in a camp for internally displaced people in the Iraqi province of Anbar. 

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack and said they were targeting members of the Iraqi military.

ISIS also is losing ground in Raqqa, Syria, its self-proclaimed caliphate capital. 

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