Turkish military begins deploying tanks, equipment to Silopi area near Iraqi border, CNN Turk reports.
Iraqi general saying special forces have taken Mosul's state TV building in city's eastern neighborhood, AP reports.
The Iraqi elite Golden Brigade has entered Mosul’s city limits and is engaged in street fighting with ISIS militants inside Mosul’s eastern Gogjali quarter, Rudaw correspondent Ranja Jamal reports from Gogjali.
Gogjali used to be outside Mosul, but as the city expanded it was integrated as a quarter of the city from the left bank of the Tigris River.
Video shows the Iraqi army cut the barrier on the main road leading to Gogjali. The Iraqi forces then entered the area in eastern Mosul.
ISIS tried to move about 25,000 civilians to Mosul from Hammam al-Alil on Monday but was partly prevented by coalition aircraft, UN spokeswoman says, according to Reuters.
Shiite militia recaptures two villages southwest of Mosul
The Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi said on its website it had liberated the two villages of Khuwayn and Abu Hujaira, southeast of Mosul, on Tuesday. On Monday evening the Iran-backed militia, which is fighting in the Mosul offensive alongside the Iraqi Army, said it had liberated 39 villages since joining the offensive on Saturday.
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Nearly 40,000 have fled ISIS in Mosul since start of offensive
Nearly 40,000 people have fled Mosul since the beginning of an offensive to evict ISIS from that city more than a fortnight ago, according to a member of the Provincial Council of Nineveh, where Mosul is the capital.
“The number of IDPs (internally displaced persons) from Mosul is increasing continuously and daily,” said Hashem Brifkani.
“Nearly 40,000 IDPs have been documented from the city,” he added.
He also warned of a “health and environmental disaster” in the Mosul area, where he claimed ISIS has set fire to oil wells in Qayyara and Makhmur, causing respiratory problems for 500 people, including women and children
Col. John Dorrian, spokesman of US-led coalition against ISIS: Since the beginning of the campaign to liberate Mosul, 3,000 bombs and rockets have targeted Daesh (ISIS).
Shiite militia says it is concerned by Turkey and Kurds over Mosul offensive
One of the Shiite groups fighting alongside the Iraqi Army for Mosul expressed concern Tuesday for Turkish and Kurdish positions on Mosul.
Jasim al-Jazairi, leader of the Kata’eb Hezbollah Iraq, one of the groups inside the larger Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi militia, said his faction was concerned about Turkish interference in Iraqi affairs and an alleged attempt by the Kurds to take over the Nineveh plains.
“We are afraid of the challenges ahead that ISIS is trying to take advantage of, meaning the Turkish position and interferences in Iraqi affairs as well as the attempt by Kurds to take over control of areas in the Nineveh Plains.
Civilians and farmers flee Gogjali area
Civilians and farmers with their livestock are seen fleeing the Gogjali area, east of Mosul. Some talk about being under siege for days before they could leave the ISIS-held areas.
Gogjali is some 7 km away from the Mosul city center.
Intense fighting in Gogjali factories, east of Mosul
Iraqi forces and ISIS are engaged in intense fighting on Tuesday morning in and around the Gogjali factories, at the gate of the first Mosul quarter to the east of the city, Rudaw’s correspondent Farhad Dolamari reported from the scene.
Dolamari said the ISIS militants used sniper fire and vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) to halt the advance. The Iraqi forces aim to liberate the old Mosul TV building in Gogjali on the left bank of the Tigris River inside the city.
The Iraqi Joint Operations Command said Monday evening that they are advancing towards Mosul city centre from the north and southeast, adding that its forces have liberated several villages north, southeast, and southwest of Mosul.