Iraq's Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani says he expects a "yes vote" in favour of independence in the referendum on September 25.
US troops have been training the Iraqi forces in the fight against Daesh, which has lately been losing ground both in Iraq and Syria.
Iraqi officials say Daesh are using the city's more than 1 million remaining residents as human shields, firing from rooftops of inhabited houses and using a network of tunnels to launch ambushes in the midst of residential areas.
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