Bernard Smith has more from the nearby city of Erbil.
Those residents who have escaped say numerous civilians trapped behind Islamic State lines - put at 50,000 by the Iraqi military - are in a desperate situation with little food, water or medicines.
In Syria, the ISIS-held capital of Raqqa, is virtually encircled by a US-backed, Kurdish-led coalition.
Al-Assadi today signed a statement made on June 22 by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi that "within a few days" Mosul will be declared free territory. Now about one square kilometre remains under its control.
The US-led coalition of 69 members is conducting airstrikes, ground-based and rocket-propelled artillery fire against the Daesh in Syria and Iraq.
The Iraqi forces in Old Mosul now battle ISIS within hand-grenade range.
Those residents who have escaped say numerous civilians trapped behind Islamic State lines - put at 50,000 by the Iraqi military - have little food, water or medicines.
The army has captured two neighbourhoods northwest of the historic Grand al-Nuri Mosque, which was destroyed last week.
A United States-led global coalition is providing air and ground support in the eight- month-old offensive.
Also, DAESH fighters, the Arabic acronym for IS, infiltrated Tanak by mixing with displaced civilians who returned home and settled there using many residents as human shields, while regrouping and counterattacking government troops.
Front lines were quiet in the Old City on Tuesday as Iraqi special forces scouted the terrain.
Islamic State's Baghdadi has left the fighting in Mosul to local commanders and is assumed to be hiding in the Iraqi-Syrian border area.
The group has carried out sporadic suicide bombings in parts of Mosul using sleeper cells.
He, Rijke and McGown were seized along with several other Westerners by a group of armed men while on the terrace of their hotel. Mr Rijke was freed in April 2015 by French special forces. "No single case concerned me more as foreign minister".
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England's under-21 side face Germany on Tuesday evening hoping to secure their place in the final of the European Championships. Of the semi-finalists here England's squad accumulated half as many top-flight minutes for their respective clubs last season.
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India remained unbeaten in the tournament until Tuesday, with strong wins against Scotland (4-1), Canada (3-0) and Pakistan (7-1). With the score board reading 2-2 at half-time, the third quarter began with India trying to keep up their momentum.
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