Iraqi army says forces make fresh gains in southeast Mosul

By REUTERS
January 12, 2017 11:48




BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces drove back Islamic State militants in southeastern Mosul on Thursday, making gains in an area where advances have been particularly tough, the military said in a statement.

Rapid response units from Iraq's federal police advanced in the Sumer district, which lies on the eastern bank of the Tigris river, and also in neighboring Sahiroun, the statement reported by state television said.

Forces have pressed forward much more slowly in that area than units in the east and northeast, who have taken control of a number of neighborhoods in the past week.

The army's elite Counter Terrorism Service (CTS), has spearheaded advances in eastern Mosul.


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