IS Launches Overnight Attack Against Iraqi Troops in Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -
An Iraqi soldier from the 9th Infantry Division holds his machine gun while heading to the frontline in Shyma district in Mosul, Iraq, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Iraqi forces, backed the U.S.-led international coalition, launched a campaign in October to retake Mosul, the country's second largest city and IS's last major urban bastion in Iraq. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
An Iraqi soldier from the 9th Infantry Division holds his machine gun while heading to the front line in Shyma district in Mosul, Iraq, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

Islamic State terrorists have launched an overnight attack against Iraqi security forces in southeastern Mosul, a day after the troops advanced deeper into the city.

Iraqi Army Sgt. Maj. Hakim Saranbii told The Associated Press on Wednesday the attack “inflicted heavy losses” without providing further details. Iraqi Defense Ministry officials in Baghdad didn’t immediately comment.

On Tuesday, Iraq’s army rolled into the southeastern neighborhood of al-Salam, taking a hospital before meeting stiff resistance from IS terrorists. Convoys of dozens of armored Iraqi special forces and army Humvees could be seen moving into the southeastern neighborhood Wednesday morning.

Backed by the U.S.-led international coalition, Iraqi government troops and paramilitary forces launched a campaign in October to dislodge IS from Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city and IS’s last major urban bastion in the country.