Govern­ment forces claim con­trol of his­toric site

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BAGH­DAD | Iraqi paramil­i­tary forces said Wednesday that they have cap­tured Hatra, a 2,000-year-old his­tor­i­cal site near the north­ern city of Mo­sul, where U.S.-backed forces have been bat­tling the Is­lamic State group for months.

The me­dia arm of the state-sanc­tioned force made up mainly of Shi­ite mili­tias broad­cast images of the site Wednesday af­ter­noon, show­ing what ap­peared to be the an­cient ru­ins in the dis­tance as mili­tia ve­hi­cles drove through open desert. It was un­clear from the video if the forces had ac­tu­ally se­cured the an­cient site.

Karim al-Nouri, a spokesman for the paramil­i­tary forces, told state TV they cap­tured the UNESCO world her­itage site and were around two miles from a nearby town with the same name, with­out pro­vid­ing fur­ther details.

Hatra is be­lieved to have been built in the sec­ond or third cen­tury B.C. by the Seleu­cid Em­pire. IS mil­i­tants de­stroyed it along with other ma­jor his­tor­i­cal sites in and around Mo­sul af­ter seiz­ing much of north­ern Iraq in the sum­mer of 2014.

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