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Iraq forces hit stiff resistance in Mosul's Old City

Iraqi forces battling ISIL faced tough resistance from snipers and mortar

rounds on Monday as they tried to advance on Mosul's Old City and a bridge across the Tigris River in their campaign to retake it. Progress was slowed by heavy rain but units were only 100 metres from the Iron Bridge that connects the Old City with the eastern side of Mosul, military officials said. Since starting the campaign in October to push the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) out of its last stronghold in the country, Iraqi forces with US-led coalition support have recaptured eastern Mosul and about 40 percent of the city's west. Federal police and rapid response brigades - an elite interior ministry unit - said over the weekend they had entered the Bab al-Tob area of the Old City, where fighting is expected to be toughest because of its narrow alleyways, where armoured vehicles cannot pass.