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    Members of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) advance towards the Grand Mosque of Nuri in the Old City of Mosul on June 29, 2017, during the ongoing offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the last district still held by the Islamic State (IS) group

    Iraqi Forces Liberate From Daesh Two Areas, Bridge in Western Mosul

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    Iraqi federal police liberated from the Daesh terrorists two residential areas and the Iron Bridge in the old part of the city of Mosul, according to the operation’s command.

    BAGHDAD (Sputnik) – Iraqi federal police freed two areas along with a bridge in the western part of the city of Mosul from the Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh, banned in Russia) terror group, the operation’s command said Saturday.

    "The federal police liberated the residential area of Bab Jadeed and the area near Al-Arbea'a market. The forces took control over the Iron Bridge in the old part of the city on the right bank [of the Tigris river] in Mosul," the command said.

    The Iraqi forces presently have the control over the area near the building housing Nineveh Governorate’s administration, according to Lt. Gen. Raid Shakir Jaudat of the Iraqi Federal Police.

    On June 22, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi said Mosul was likely to be cleared of terrorists within days.

    Mosul has served as the Daesh headquarters in Iraq since the group's invasion from Syria in 2014. On February 18, Abadi announced the start of operations to liberate the western half of the city. Iraqi and the US-led coalition forces freed its eastern part in late January 2017, with fighting now ongoing to complete the liberation.


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