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Fighting Erupts in Northern City of Mosul

Insurgents launched attacks in Iraq’s third-largest city Thursday, raiding police stations and political offices and battling U.S. and Iraqi forces for hours. An American official acknowledged it could take “some time” to secure the city.One Kurdish official in Mosul said Iraqi police had proven ineffective in the fight and some were cooperating with the insurgents. Smoke rose from several areas as U.S. warplanes streaked over the city, where a curfew was imposed a day earlier. The attacks may have been launched in hopes of relieving pressure on the insurgent bastion of Fallujah, which U.S. and Iraqi forces stormed Monday. Troops were fighting gunmen around the five major bridges across the Tigris River, prompting authorities to warn residents to stay away. Militants brandishing rocket-propelled grenade launchers were in front of the Ibn Al-Atheer hospital in the city’s Jammia district. Residents saw masked gunmen roaming the streets, setting police cars on fire. The local television station in Mosul went off the air. Full Story

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