Iraqi forces met with car bombs, mortars in military advance on Mosul

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KHAZER, Iraq – Islamic State militants have deployed suicide car bombs and fired mortar rounds to slow down the advance of Iraqi troops outside a key town near the militant-held city of Mosul, an Iraqi army officer said Wednesday.

The officer from the 9th Division told The Associated Press that his troops were now around 1 kilometre (half mile) away from Hamdaniyah, a historically Christian town also known as Bakhdida.

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