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Iraqi army says third of old western Mosul retaken
Iraqi army says third of old western Mosul retaken

13 districts of western Mosul remain under terrorist group’s control, Iraqi police sources say

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Some 30 percent of western Mosul’s old district has been “liberated” from the ISIL terrorist group, an Iraqi security source said Wednesday.

“Federal police and rapid-response units have established total control over the old district’s Al-Arbiaa market, Halab Street, Al-Korneesh, Karaj al-Naql, and Bab Sinjar districts,” Police Maj. Reda Ali al-Khafaji told Anadolu Agency.

Iraqi forces, however, continue to engage in fierce street fighting with ISIL militants in western Mosul’s Al-Farouk and Al-Bursa neighborhoods, al-Khafaji said.

Police Maj. Eid Mohamed al-Abdali told Anadolu Agency that 13 districts of western Mosul “still remain under ISIL control”.

In February, Iraqi ground forces -- backed by a U.S.-led air coalition -- began fresh operations aimed at driving ISIL militants from western Mosul, the terrorist group’s last stronghold in northern Iraq.

The offensive is part of a wider campaign launched last October aimed at retaking the entire city, which ISIL overran in mid-2014

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