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    Civilian Casualties Rise as Troops Storm Mosul

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    Civilian casualties are on the rise as Iraqi troops are storming the ISIS stronghold of Mosul. According to the Associated Press, medical stations are overflowing as Iraqi soldiers and civilians are being killed or injured. “At one clinic Sunday, the dead had to be moved to the ground to free up beds as more injured arrived,” the AP reported. Citing medical officials, more than 30 troops and 200 civilians have been either killed or injured in the past three days alone. Iraqi forces launched a major offensive in western Mosul earlier this month aimed at liberating the entire city, which is divided in half by the Tigris River. Last week they reportedly captured a strategically valuable village near the airport. As many as 350,000 children were believed to have been trapped in the western part of the city.