In November, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said that the USA takes "every effort" and "every precaution to avoid civilian casualties" across Iraq event to the point where the U.S. will call off a strike "against known enemy targets because they put civilians at risk".
According to the IOM, more than 238,000 people are now displaced due to fighting in the Mosul area, while more fled but later returned to their homes.
The forces are conducting "combing and search operations in the liberated areas of Bab al-Toub, searching for traps and mines and terrorists hiding among the people", Jawdat said in a statement.
The Observatory also reported fighting in eastern Aleppo province where the jihadists forced regime troops to fall back from the outskirts of the Jarrah military airport.
Security forces are searching for militants trying to sneak out of the city among civilians and according to Human Rights Watch are holding more than 1,200 men and boys suspected of IS ties in "horrendous conditions" at sites south of Mosul.
This video shows Iraqi forces setting up a shelter to protect against an Islamic State sniper's bullets while crossing to the Ashur Hotel.
In mid-2014, when ISIS seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria, the jihadist group took Mosul, once considered the terrorist group's de facto capital in Iraq, much like what Raqqa is to the jihadist group in Syria.astern Mosul fell to the anti-ISIS U.S. -backed offensive of almost 100,000 Iraqi government troops, Kurdish Peshmerga forces, and Iran-backed Shiite militias, among other fighters.
Ashraf Ali, a nurse who escaped with his wife and two children, said mortar rounds were falling as they fled.
The Iraqi Security Forces took almost three months just to retake half of the city and lost hundreds of troops in the urban slog.
On Sunday, the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter Islamic State fighters, Brett McGurk bluntly warned that any remaining jihadists in Mosul will be killed inside the besieged city.
Regarding the catastrophic displacement of refugees, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi brushed it off last night saying that the number of displaced and uprooted people were "not unexpected". Food had been scarce, they said.
More than 200,000 have been displaced since the start of the campaign in October.
More than 65,000 of them fled their homes over the past two weeks, the organisation said.
"Daesh is a common foe that we need to face", Hishammuddin told reporters, using an Arab acronym for IS, after meeting Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in parliament.
Losing Mosul would be a major strike against Islamic State.