Top US commander: 284 Iraqi security-force members killed fighting ISIS in west Mosul

Iraq Mosul security forces soldiers troops killed wounded victims

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Wednesday that 284 members of the Iraqi security forces had been killed since the battle to retake western Mosul began on February 19, with more than 1,600 wounded.

Army General Joseph Votel said during a congressional hearing that in addition to the casualties in western Mosul, the battle for eastern Mosul, between mid-October and late January, had lead to 490 members of the Iraqi security forces being killed with over 3,000 wounded.

Votel is head of the U.S. military's Central Command.

Iraqi special forces and police fought Islamic State militants to edge closer to the al-Nuri mosque in western Mosul on Wednesday, tightening their control around the landmark site in the battle to recapture Iraq's second city.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali; editing by Alistair Bell)

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