Iraqi forces capture government buildings in west Mosul from Daesh

Published March 7th, 2017 - 12:00 GMT
Iraqi forces gather in position as they prepare for clashes with Daesh fighters in Mosul on March 5, 2017. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
Iraqi forces gather in position as they prepare for clashes with Daesh fighters in Mosul on March 5, 2017. (AFP/Aris Messinis)

Iraqi forces have seized control of a government complex in western Mosul from extremist Daesh militants on Tuesday, a security source said.

The complex, housing several government buildings including the provincial council headquarters, is located in Dawasah neighborhood, where fighting has been ongoing for two days.

US-backed forces took control of al-Hurriya bridge across the Tigris river. Al-Hurriya is the second bridge the US-backed troops have recaptured, out of five main bridges that link the left and right banks of the Tigris in the city.

Troops began their operation to dislodge Daesh militias from western Mosul from the south-west and have moving north, closer to the old city center.

Iraq forced the hardliners out of the eastern side of the city almost a month ago.


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