ARTALLA, Iraq: The Iraqi army met fierce resistance from the Islamic State group in Mosul on Wednesday after taking a hospital deep inside the eastern half of the city, commanders said. The army’s 9th Armored Division said it had retaken Al-Salam hospital, which lies near the Tigris river that separates the two halves of the city. The push launched on Tuesday is the farthest the army has penetrated into east Mosul since the start of a broad offensive launched on October 17 to retake the city from IS. “We advanced in Al-Salam district but the situation is difficult, there is heavy fighting,” Brigadier General Shaker Kadhem told Agence France-Presse. “We took control of Al-Salam hospital, which was a command center for Daesh,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for the jihadist organization.