News ID: 188821
Published: 0507 GMT March 06, 2017

Iraqi forces capture key bridge in Mosul

Iraqi forces capture key bridge in Mosul

Iraqi forces on Monday captured Mosul's Al-Hurriya bridge, which leads to the Daesh-held Old City center from the south, the military said.

The bridge is the second to be secured by the Iraqi forces in the city, after securing one located further south, in the offensive that started on the western part of Mosul on Feb. 19, Reuters reported.

"We control the western end of the bridge," said a senior media officer with Rapid Response, the elite unit of the Interior Ministry leading the charge through the districts alongside the Tigris river.

All of Mosul's five bridges over the Tigris have been destroyed but their capture and repair would help the offensive against Daesh terrorists, who have controlled the northern Iraqi city since 2014.

Iraqi forces captured the eastern side of Mosul in January after 100 days of fighting and launched their attack on the districts that lie west of the Tigris on Feb. 19.

Defeating Daesh in Mosul would crush the Iraqi wing of the “caliphate” declared by the terrorist group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in 2014, over parts of Iraq and Syria.

The Iraqi forces are advancing toward the Old City center form the south and the southwest.


Renewed push

On the second day of a renewed push in west Mosul, Iraqi forces advanced toward a compound of the Daesh-held government buildings.

Rapid Response forces "are advancing in the Al-Dawasa and Al-Dindan areas to liberate the government buildings and secure a route for families to leave," Lieutenant Colonel Abdulamir Mohammedawi said.

The fighting in west Mosul has sparked an exodus from that side of the city, pushing more than 45,000 people to flee, according to the International Organization for Migration.



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