Troops en­ter for­mer IS base

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - Foreign News -

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.

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