MOSUL, Iraq (AP) – Islamic State militants defending the Iraqi city of Mosul against advancing Iraqi special forces have hit an Abrams tank with a rocket, disabling the vehicle.
The attack came as fighting intensified on Friday in the city’s east.
The Abrams tank was hit by an anti-tank rocket fired from a building as it was advancing, sending the crew fleeing from the smoking vehicle, seemingly unharmed.
The clashes are the most violent yet since the operation to drive IS out from Iraq’s second largest city began over two weeks ago, with both sides firing small arms and mortar shells after the special forces laid down an artillery barrage ahead of their advance.
As smoke rose over the city, an IS bulldozer and another car were seen on the move across the battlefield – presumably packed with explosives and preparing for suicide attacks.
Copyright The associated press. All rights reserved 2016.