Troops enter former IS base
Iraqi special forces have entered Mosul University, a tactical achievement and an incremental step in battling Islamic State militants for control of the city.
It comes a day after the Iraqi army north of the city linked up with troops pushing in from the city’s east.
The university compound, a symbolic landmark in Iraq’s secondlargest city, was once used by IS as a base. Iraqi officials said the militants also used the school’s labs to produce chemical weapons.
Under bombardment from US-led coalition air strikes, IS has repeatedly moved bases under cover of civilians. Earlier this month Iraqi forces retook a hospital that had been converted into an IS base.