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BARTELLA, Iraq (AP) — In a significant escalation of the battle for Mosul, elite Iraqi special forces joined the fight Thursday, unleashing a pre-dawn assault on an Islamic State-held town east of the besieged city, and the U.S. military announced the first American combat death since the operation began.
Linda Hernandez, from the aptly named town of Defiance, Ohio, cheered Thursday as Donald Trump thumbed his nose at American democratic tradition by saying he would accept the presidential election results, provided he wins. While Trump doubled and tripled down on claims that the nation's elections are rigged and massive voter fraud might be underway, Hernandez stood firmly by her candidate. "I think it should be" in doubt, Hernandez said of the election.