Vehicle bomb in eastern Baghdad kills at least six

The U.N. refugee agency has said 125,568 people have been displaced from Mosul, a city of about 1.5 million, and more than 13,000 of those have fled in the five days since the US -led coalition renewed an offensive that had stalled for weeks.

On Tuesday, ISIL claimed a suicide bombing at a busy market in the Sadr City district, killing at least 39 Iraqis.

A service member in the US -led campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) died Monday, the USA military said.

The top commander of Iraq's elite Counter-Terrorism Service, which has spearheaded the fight against ISIS in Mosul, said Iraqi forces had retaken "more than 60%" of the eastern side of the city.

A vehicle bomb exploded at an eastern Baghdad market on Thursday killing at least nine people and injuring 15, police and medics said. To use the urban landscape to their advantage they have placed auto bombs down alleyways, deployed snipers on buildings with civilians inside and launched attacks from underground tunnels.

"We have increased the number of advise and assist forces that are there with the ISF command elements to help advise them as they move forward and to synchronize operations", he said.




The city has witnessed battles between Iraqi forces and Daesh militants for more than two months, with Iraqi forces seeking to return it from the Daesh's grip.

Which is misleading at best, as was the Pentagon's report that 4,935 United States troops are now in Iraq.

Earlier in the day, bombings elsewhere in and around the city killed at least 16 people and wounded dozens more.

"Daesh (Islamic State) devised many plans to obstruct and block us but they failed".

Since the offensive began in mid-October, Iraqi forces have faced tough resistance from ISIS fighters as they pushed into the eastern part of the city.

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