ISIS driven from ru­ins

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The Iraqi army said yes­ter­day that troops have driven ISIS mil­i­tants out of the town of Nim­rud, south of Mosul, near the site of famed an­cient Assyr­ian ru­ins that were re­port­edly de­stroyed by the ex­trem­ists. Iraq’s spe­cial forces mean­while bat­tled mil­i­tants in the city of Mosul it­self, where they strug­gled to ad­vance against waves of sui­cide car bombs. Troops are con­verg­ing from sev­eral fronts on Mosul, Iraq’s sec­ond-largest city and the big­gest ur­ban area un­der ISIS con­trol, as part of an of­fen­sive launched last month. The spe­cial forces have ad­vanced the fur­thest so far, and hold a hand­ful of districts on the city’s eastern edge. The com­man­der of the Mosul op­er­a­tion said troops took Nim­rud, about 30km to the south, after heavy fight­ing. It was un­clear if they had lib­er­ated the nearby 13th-cen­tury BC ar­chae­o­log­i­cal site. The late 1980s dis­cov­ery of trea­sures in Nim­rud’s royal tombs was one of the 20th cen­tury’s most sig­nif­i­cant ar­chae­o­log­i­cal finds. The gov­ern­ment said mil­i­tants, who cap­tured the site in June 2014, de­stroyed it the fol­low­ing year us­ing heavy mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles. In Mosul it­self, the spe­cial forces said last night they had cleared the Qa­disiya and Zahra neigh­bour­hoods, and are plan­ning to ad­vance fur­ther in the com­ing hours.

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