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Iraqi forces on Friday managed to capture Mosul’s international airport from the IS terrorist group, according to a high-ranking Federal Police source.

“The airport has been totally liberated and Federal Police units are now advancing on western Mosul’s Al-Tayaran district,” Federal Police Commander Raed Jawdat said in a brief statement.

On Thursday, Iraqi security forces stormed the airport, establishing control over roughly half of it, according to statements issued by the army.

Army First Lieutenant Nayif al-Zubeidi told Anadolu Agency that IS militants had been forced to withdraw from the airport amid intense bombardments by Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition warplanes.

In a separate operation Friday, the army -- with coalition air support -- wrested control of the Al-Ghazlani Camp, considered IS’s largest military camp in Mosul, Army General Abdullah Amir Yarullah said in a statement published by the army’s media office.

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

The offensive comes as part of a wider operation launched last October to retake the entire city, which IS overran in mid-2014.

2017.02.24 / 15:36
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