The Iraqi official said that ISIS has launched talks with al-Qaeda after losing large territory in northern Iraq.
The spokesman for the Joint Operation Command in Iraq said Sunday that the Islamic State attacked government troops in western Mosul with a type of gas, the second such attack in as many days.
They were some of the around 400,000 people still in western Mosul where Iraqi military forces are trying to dislodge IS from the Old City.
The war between ISIS militants and Iraqi forces is taking a heavy toll on several hundred thousand civilians trapped inside the city, with severely malnourished babies reaching hospitals in government-held areas.
Brigadier General Rick Uribe, a senior coalition commander, lamented that they find it hard to negotiate alleyways and narrow streets.
"We are expected to liberate the area today", he said.
Mosul's permanent bridges over the Tigris river have been destroyed during the fighting, but the army had built two pontoon bridges which had allowed people to flee to safety in the east, and aid to get through to a camp for the displaced on the western side of the river.
The assault on Mosul began in October 2016 with two special forces - the Counter-Terrorism Service and Rapid Response Division - advancing to the city's south, west and north before overrunning the eastern side earlier this year.
As many as 500,000 civilians could remain in parts of western Mosul under Daesh jihadist group control, OCHA estimates.
A press statement by Iraqi Federal Police Forces - Chief Lieutenant General Raed Shaker Jawdat - said that the police force took down one of the organisation's leaders Mahmaoud Ali Mahmoud, during one of the engagements against IS elements in Mosul, according to a Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) report.
Iraqi "successes in Mosul obscure how (IS) has successfully been resurging in other provinces in Iraq", Martin said.
The military also told the people to hide into basements of their houses or to stay in the downstairs of their buildings, if no basement available, when clashes erupt in their neighborhoods, the statement said.
Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m., then a slight chance of showers between 11 p.m. and midnight. After a partly sunny start this morning, the weather service says overcast skies will dominate by the afternoon hours.
He first walked up to a lorry and shot a 34-year-old white man sitting in the passenger seat, but spared the Latino driver. He also told investigators he is Muslim, but he prays to seven different gods and hasn't been to a mosque in 25 years.
Smith sustained a left hamstring injury in the first half against the Indiana Pacers on Monday and did not return. I said those things only to motivate us to win a series. "We need to focus on whatever we need to do".
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Republican strategists think Chaffetz is bored investigating his own people. "He has not investigated any of Trump's misdeeds". True to form, they declined to comment when we asked them to verify whether they were aware of " kompromat " on Chaffetz.
She has stated that it is not something they hope will be necessary, but that the United States military is prepared to do more . Russian Federation has repeatedly defended Syria against the accusation that Damascus has used chemical weapons.
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IPhone 8 schematics leak
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