Iraq forces retake more areas in W Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq (AFP) – Iraqi forces retook two more neighbourhoods in west Mosul yesterday, tightening the noose around militants holed up in the Old City, commanders said.

“The forces completed the liberation of Al-Thawra neighbourhood,” Sabah al-Noman, spokesman for the elite Counter-Terrorism Service, told AFP.

An officer with federal police forces also deployed in west Mosul confirmed that the neigh-bourhood, which lies just west of the Old City, had been retaken from the Islamic State (IS) group.

The Joint Operations Command coordinating the fight against the militants nationwide said the Nasr neighbourhood was also retaken yesterday.

The head of Iraq’s federal police, Raed Shakir Jawdat, also said in a statement that Iraqi forces had killed a senior IS operative, who had been in charge of chemical weapons for the group in Mosul, in a guided missile strike in the Zanjili neighbourhood.

An Iraqi special forces soldier fires at Islamic State militants as smoke from an airstrike billows from the site, in the Al-Tanek neighbourhood of Mosul, Iraq, yesterday. - AP
An Iraqi special forces soldier fires at Islamic State militants as smoke from an airstrike billows from the site, in the Al-Tanek neighbourhood of Mosul, Iraq, yesterday. – AP