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Boy pulled alive from Aleppo ruins

Amid the ongoing escalation of airstrikes in besieged areas of eastern Aleppo, White Helmet rescue workers spent four hours successfully rescuing a six-year-old boy named Mohammad in the city’s al-Maadi neighborhood on November 17. Three civilians died due to injuries caused by the al-Maadi airstrikes, while several others were wounded, according to activist reports. Credit: YouTube/Syrian Civil Defense in Aleppo via Storyful

The image beamed around the world of a six-year-old boy pulled alive from a collapsed building in Aleppo. Picture: YouTube/Syrian Civil Defense in Aleppo via Storyful

A SHOCKED and bloodied boy has been pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building in Aleppo, having spent four hours trapped after air strikes destroyed his home.

Images of the boy, who is six years old, have beamed around the world as strikes continue against Islamic State forces in Mosul.

White Helmet rescue workers spent four hours successfully rescuing the boy, named Mohammad, in the city’s al-Maadi neighbourhood. Three civilians — including the boy’s mother — died due to injuries caused by the al-Maadi air strikes, while several others were wounded, according to activist reports.

The boys reaches out to his rescuers. Picture: YouTube/Syrian Civil Defense in Aleppo via StoryfulSource:AP

Meantime, Iraqi troops advancing on the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul believe an Australian is working with the terror group as a medic in the city.

Members of Iraq’s the elite Counter-Terrorism Service found a black IS flag belonging to the unnamed man and taken details of what he looks like from locals, the ABC reported today.

Security agencies estimate about 110 Australians have been fighting with IS in the Middle East and about 60 are believed to have been killed.

The boy, named Mohammad, lost his mother in the air strikes. Picture: YouTube/Syrian Civil Defense in Aleppo via StoryfulSource:AP

The US-backed offensive to crush IS in its last major city stronghold in Iraq has entered a second month as forces arrayed against the hard line Sunni group sought finally to seal off Mosul from all sides.

The militants have been steadily retreating from areas around Mosul into the city since the battle started on October 17, with air and ground support from a US-led coalition.

An elite army unit, the Counter Terrorism Service, breached the city’s eastern limits for the first time two weeks ago. Other army units have yet to enter from the north and south.

There has been a number of children pulled from rubble in Syria these past three months. Picture: YouTube/Syrian Civil Defense in Aleppo via StoryfulSource:AP

Another breakthrough came on Wednesday, when Iranian-backed militias announced the capture of an air base west of Mosul, part of their campaign to choke off the route between the Syrian and Iraqi parts of the caliphate IS declared in 2014.

The offensive to take Mosul, the largest city under Islamic State control in either Iraq or Syria, is turning into the biggest battle in Iraq’s turbulent history since the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.

A displaced Iraqi woman holds her cat, Lulu, as she waits for transport in the Iraqi Kurdish checkpoint village of Shaqouli, about 35km east of Mosul. She fled her home with her children in the eastern Intisar neighbourhood of the embattled city to take refuge at a camp in Arbil. Picture: Odd Andersen.Source:AFP

Iraqi authorities have declined to give a timeline for recapture of the whole city, but it is likely to last for months.

Footage posted by Mosul Eye, a male purporting to be an independent historian inside Mosul, shows a missile hitting what’s believed are IS fighters.

Two people can be seen running for their lives as they are shot at from the air before they disappear in a massive plume of smoke.