Many of these deaths were due to the self-proclaimed Islamic State executing Mosul residents: men for refusing to join ISIL's military forces or for being suspected of pro-government sentiments, and women-sometimes hundreds of them at once-for refusing to become their sex slaves.
For the first time, Iraq's federal police have joined the fray.
The battle to recapture Mosul is reportedly Iraq's biggest operation that consists of around 100,000 Iraqi troops, Kurdish forces and Shi'ite militia.
The counterterrorism forces, also known as the "Golden Division", have taken a string of neighborhoods in eastern Mosul and are now less than 3 kilometers (2 miles) away from the Tigris River, which slices the city in half.
"The Americans were very pessimistic".
On Wednesday, Iraqi security forces repelled two Islamic State counter-attacks in which a large number of militants were killed, Brig.
American and Iraqi forces had originally hoped to vanquish the Islamic State from Mosul within the end of the year, but efforts stalled as coalition forces hoped to avoid as many civilian casualties as possible.
Earlier this year, Iraqi-Turkish relations had turned sour over who should take part in the planned Mosul assault against Daesh.
AHMAD AL-RUBAYE via Getty Images Iraqi pro-government forces patrol the eastern part of the embattled Iraqi city of Mosul
ISIL has targeted the army with auto bombs on at least 900 occasions in the streets of Mosul since October 17, according to Mr Al Abadi.
Elite forces have reconquered several parts of eastern Mosul since launching an operation to recapture the northern city from militants on October 17, but ISIL still occupies the city's west.
"We depend on them in this battle", Jabouri said of USA air forces.
Further integration with the Iraqi troops - to what commanders described as an unprecedented level for conventional US forces - will help synchronize surveillance, air support and force movement, according to James.
Greater integration with Iraqi forces puts USA troops - most of whom stay on or near their bases here - closer to the action than they have been since President Obama withdrew US forcesfrom Iraq in 2011.
Other soldiers pushed simultaneously toward the city's northern limits.
A coalition spokesman emphasized that troops embedding with Iraqi forces remained behind the front line.
He added that the troops were making advances in Intisar district.
'Merry Christmas from the most forward TAA at the tip of the spear, ' James said, using a military acronym for the compound.
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