Iraqi forces capture key village near Mosul airport

Army hopes to turn airport into close-support base for ongoing anti-Daesh offensive

Iraqi forces capture key village near Mosul airport

World Bulletin / News Desk

- Iraqi forces captured a strategically important village near Mosul airport on Monday, the second day of an ongoing offensive aimed at driving ISIL terrorists from their last bastion in the city. 

"Our forces have taken Albu Saif village southwest of Mosul on the western bank of the Tigris," Army Brigadier-General Abdel-Aziz al-Mosawi told Anadolu Agency. 

"Federal police units secured the road leading to the airport after expelling ISIL militants from the area," he said. 

According to al-Mosawi, Iraqi forces hope to eventually convert the airport into a close-support base for their ongoing anti-ISIL offensive in western Mosul. 

On Sunday, the Iraqi army began a wide-ranging operation aimed at purging remaining ISIL terrorists from the city’s western districts. 

The offensive comes as part of a wider operation launched last October to retake Mosul, which ISIL overran -- along with much of northern and western Iraq -- in mid-2014. 

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