Iraq says army makes gains in gruelling Mosul battle

"What we have no idea of today is the state of medical structures in Mosul and the precise needs of the population"

  • Elite army forces control half of Mosul east bank

  • Likely to miss end-year target to recapture city

  • Police units to reinforce army in southeast Mosul

  • Humanitarian fears grow over siege-like conditions

By Dominic Evans and Stephanie Nebehay

BAGHDAD/GENEVA, Dec 10 (Reuters) - The Iraqi army said it took full control of two more districts of east Mosul on Saturday, pushing back Islamic State militants in a slow and hard-fought advance into the city whose 1 million residents face growing shortages of fuel, water and food.

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