Mosul: Iraqi forces on city’s doorstep

Updated 3:21 AM EDT, Wed November 2, 2016
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Iraqi PM vows to "cut head off snake" in ISIS battle

Counter-terrorism forces in last populated area before Mosul

(CNN) —  

Iraqi forces remain on the doorstep of ISIS-held Mosul, encountering snipers, landmines and road-blocking boulders as they edged closer to the key city.

Troops came within hundreds of meters of Mosul on Monday evening and are now the closest they’ve been since launching an operation two weeks ago to wrest the city from more than two years of ISIS rule.