Iraq’s spe­cial forces con­trol 19 east­ern Mo­sul neigh­bor­hoods

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AL-QASR | Iraqi spe­cial forces fight­ing Is­lamic State mil­i­tants on the east­ern side of Mo­sul have re­taken 19 neigh­bor­hoods from the ex­trem­ist group since the bat­tle for the city be­gan last month, a se­nior Iraqi com­man­der said on Wed­nes­day.

Brig. Gen. Haider Fad­hil of the spe­cial forces told The As­so­ci­ated Press his men were now about four kilo­me­ters from the Ti­gris River, which slices the city in half. He said the 19 neigh­bor­hoods con­sti­tuted less than 30 per­cent of the part of the city east of the Ti­gris.

The govern­ment last month launched a mas­sive cam­paign to re­take Mo­sul from Is­lamic State.

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