South of Mosul, militants attacked positions of a tribal militia and a number of Iraqi army positions, according to an Iraqi official.
Deeper inside Mosul, another aid distribution in the Bakr neighborhood was more organized. People said they saw 40 or 50 pickup trucks with rocket launchers on top leaving Wadi Agab, an industrial area on the western limits of the city targeted by strikes, and moving to residential areas nearer the expected new front line.
"We couldn't resist them, we didn't have weapons and they would kill anyone against them", he told the AP. "This has turned us into uncivilized people".
An IS statement said the attack on the village began with a suicide vehicle bombing that killed and wounded "dozens" of militiamen.
The Iraqi army says it has taken control of the Qadisiya 2 neighbourhood in eastern Mosul from Islamic State militants.
While describing recent Pentagon actions to put a stranglehold on ISIS worldwide, Carter said the Obama administration has directed the secretive Joint Special Operations Command to prioritize destroying the militant group's ability to conduct attacks in the West.
As Iraqi forces supported by the U.S. -led coalition continue their bid to recapture the northern city of Mosul, action that's now in its seventh week, Pentagon chief Ash Carter said on Monday that it is possible they would liberate the city before U.S. President-elect Donald Trump takes office.
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Iraqi fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units flash the victory sign as they sit in the back of a lorry near the village of Ayn Nasir, south of Mosul, on December 4, 2016.
Kurdish fighters in the area have claimed Abu Bakar al Baghdadi is still holed up in Mosul.
Isis extremists broke the encirclement near the town of Tal Afar, west of Iraq's second city, late on Friday night, attacking under cover of dense sandy smog.
The militants still hold about three-quarters of the nation's biggest northern city, but Iraqi officials maintain that they are gaining ground against the militants. Iraqi troops have advanced cautiously to avoid civilian casualties.
"My family and I have been sleeping under the concrete stairs in our house for a month now, afraid of the random bombardment between the Iraqi forces and the Daesh elements", the source said, referring to ISIS by an Arabic name.
Mosul is the largest city under IS's control and defeating the militants would bring down IS self-proclaimed caliphate, which it declared in Iraq and Syria 2014, after taking over large parts of both countries.