News Wrap: Top Iraqi commander calls for surrender of Mosul

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Iraqi army members stand with thier weapons in Qayyarah, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2PL20

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JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news: A top Iraqi commander called for the surrender of Mosul on day three of the offensive to retake the city.

The general estimated up to 6,000 Islamic State fighters remain in Mosul, putting up fierce resistance. Coalition airstrikes blasted ISIS positions today, as Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces kept pushing closer.

LT. GEN. TALIB SHAGHATI, Iraqi Army (through translator): From this place, I appeal to all local fighters with the Islamic State group to lay down their weapons in order not risk their lives, so they can return to their families and their city. Our forces are advancing and have surrounded the city. The liberation of Mosul will be swift.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Meanwhile, the humanitarian group Save the Children reported that at least 5,000 people have fled the Mosul area in the last 10 days.

HARI SREENIVASAN: A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform killed two Americans in Kabul today, one military, one civilian. Three other Americans were wounded. The attacker was killed later. NATO said the U.S. victims were involved in training and advising Afghan security forces.

JUDY WOODRUFF: In Syria, relative quiet reigned in Eastern Aleppo for a second day, as Russian and Syrian forces made ready to let rebels and civilians leave the city tomorrow. The United Nations likened the plan to forced displacement. Russia said tomorrow’s planned cease-fire will now last 11 hours, instead of eight.

HARI SREENIVASAN: A protest outside the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines erupted into violence today. About 1,000 activists called for an end to military cooperation with the U.S. Street battles with police broke out, and a police truck drove into the crowds repeatedly. At least 10 people were injured.

JUDY WOODRUFF: It took 16 years of negotiating, but the U.N. Children’s Fund has reached a deal to cut the price of a crucial childhood vaccine in half. One shot protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, and a type of influenza. UNICEF plans to send 450 million doses to 80 countries by 2020.

HARI SREENIVASAN: Back in this country, professors from 14 Pennsylvania state colleges went on strike today, affecting more than 100,000 students. It stems from a contract dispute over benefits and wages. Some of the state’s largest schools, including Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh, are not affected.

JUDY WOODRUFF: And a relatively quiet day on Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 40 points to close at 18202. The Nasdaq rose two, and the S&P 500 added four.

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