July 8, 2017 / 2:01 PM / 17 days ago

Islamic state fighters pledge to fight to the death in Mosul

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters pledged on Saturday to fight to the death defending their last redoubt in the Old City of Mosul against U.S.-backed Iraqi forces, the group's news agency Amaq said.

"The fighters are collectively pledging (to fight to the) death in Maydan," it said, referring to the neighbourhood by the Tigris riverside where they are making their last stand.

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Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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