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Battle For Mosul Continues

17 November 2004 -- U.S. and Iraqi forces are reportedly making progress retaking control of rebel-held areas in Mosul.

The U.S. military command says troops have secured several police stations seized last week by insurgents. Five of the city's six bridges over the Tigris are also under control of American and Iraqi forces. The military said soldiers have met "very little resistance" so far.

More than 1,000 U.S. soldiers are taking part in the operation launched yesterday in Mosul, Iraq's third largest city.

In Al-Fallujah, U.S.-led forces say they have now gained overall control, and that remaining insurgents are trapped in the south of the city. More than 1,000 insurgents reportedly have been killed and another 1,000 captured in the week-long offensive.

Meanwhile, the family of Irish-born Iraqi aid worker Margaret Hassan say they believe she has been killed by hostage takers. Al-Jazeera said it has a video showing a masked man shooting a blindfolded woman in the head.


For the latest news on Iraq, see RFE/RL's webpage on "The New Iraq".