Battle for Mosul slows down as Islamic State digs in
The pace of operations has slowed in the fight to retake Mosul from Islamic State, as Iraqi forces advancing to the east and south of the city began pushing towards larger villages and encountering civilian populations.
Kurdish fighters largely paused their advance, according to commanders in the area, consolidating gains from the previous day of fighting amid tough IS resistance.
Iraqi army forces advanced to the south and east of Mosul, reaching the outskirts of the town of al-Hamdaniyah, a historically Christian town that was once home to tens of thousands, east of Mosul.
More than 25,000 troops have mobilised for the Mosul fight.