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Iraqi troops frees al-Sihha al-Thaniya district, western Mosul

2017/04/22 | 15:15

(Iraq News)- Iraqi Counter-Terrorism forces.

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops have declared taking over al-Sihha al-Thaniya district from Islamic State in western Mosul.

“The army’s Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) freed al-Sihha al-Thaniya district in western Mosul,” Lt.

Gen.

Abdul-Amir Yarallah, commander of the Nineveh operations, said in a statement on Saturday.

“The forces raised the Iraqi flag on its buildings after losses in lives and property were inflicted on the enemy.”

Sihha district, west of Mosul.

In related news, a security source told Shafaq News that CTS gained control on almost 90 percent of al-Tanak district, in west of the city, adding that full control could be gained within few hours.

On Thursday, the Joint Operations Command declared recapturing al-Thawra district, ending intense encounters with IS militants that lasted for four days.

The announcement came hours after al-Thawra al-Oula, a first section of the neighborhood, was retaken.

Later on the day, al-Nasr district was freed, before the troops declared further advance at al-Tanak and al-Sihha districts.

Last week, the forces said that only six districts in western Mosul are still held by Islamic State as Iraqi troops liberated most of the districts.

Eastern Mosul was retaken in January after an offensive was launched in October.

A new offensive was launched in February to recapture the western side.

Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul is the militants’ last urban stronghold in the country.

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