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Iraq troops vow to tighten noose on Islamic State in Mosul

BAWIZA, Iraq: Iraqi soldiers fighting just north of Mosul, within sight of city neighborhoods, said on Sunday they were ready to tighten the noose around Islamic State militants waging a brutal defense of their Iraqi stronghold. Four weeks into the campaign to crush Islamic State in Mosul, the city is almost surrounded but the militants' defenses have been breached so far only to the east, where they have battled elite troops for control of up to a dozen districts. The battle for Mosul, the largest city held by the…