Mosul battle (3); China plan to cut emissions 18%

Iraqi troops were moving cautiously Thursday in a neighborhood just inside the city limits of Mosul, going from house-to-house to ensure the safety of civilians. The soldiers had to be wary of booby-trap bombs as well as ambushes and sniper fire from Islamic State militants, who are being urged by their leader to remain and resist losing the last major city they hold in Iraq.

E0B0D175-1B64-4987-9BC7-09E86A73421B_w610_r0_s.jpg-Iraqi troops move further into Mosul. Some army vehicles sported Shi’ite banners in addition to the Iraqi national flag, Nov. 3, 2016. (Photo: Jamie Dettmer for VOA)

24E42FBE-D3B8-4406-A704-73093D12B0FA_w610_r0_s.jpg-Mosul residents leaving city, 11-3-16  (Photo: Jamie Dettmer for VOA)        http://www.voanews.com/a/iraqi-troops-begin-risky-urban-operations-in-mosul/3577316.html

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11-5-16     Lieutenant-General Raed Shakir Jawdat said security forces were in control of the center of Hammam al-Alil, about 15 km (10 miles) south of Mosul, although he did not say whether the militants had been pushed out completely.

The advance on the southern front comes days after Iraqi special forces fought their way into the eastern side of Mosul, taking control of six neighborhoods according to Iraqi officials and restoring a foothold in the city for the first time since the army retreated ignominiously two years ago.

Another unit advanced further north up the western bank of the Tigris river on Saturday, Jawdat added.  “Our elite forces have reached an area just 4 km (2 1/2 miles) from Mosul airport,” he told Al-Hurra television channel.

Recapturing Mosul would crush the Iraqi half of a caliphate declared by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi from the pulpit of a Mosul mosque in 2014.  His Islamist group also controls large parts of east Syria.  There were no reports of further gains in the east of the city on Saturday, and officers said the military was clearing areas it took in recent days.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, speaking on a visit to the eastern front, said he brought “a message to the residents inside Mosul who are hostages in the hands of Daesh (Islamic State) – we will liberate you soon”.

Abadi said progress in the nearly three-week-old campaign, and the advance into Mosul itself, had been faster than expected.  But in the face of fierce resistance, which has included suicide car bombings, sniper fire and roadside bombs, he suggested that progress may be intermittent.

see ISIS video clip of Mosul battle at this link:  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-town-idUSKBN1300EK

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11-5-16   BEIJING (AP) — China has announced a plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions over the next several years, while capping coal consumption and increasing the use of non-fossil fuels.

Under the plan, by 2020, the level of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP will be 18 percent lower than in 2015, the State Council said on its website Friday, the same day that the Paris climate agreement came into effect.  https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-pledges-18-percent-carbon-emissions-cut-2020-044239314.html        uh huh

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