Fight for Mosul: Iraqis open up new front to retake city from IS

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A soldier guards the entrance of a building on the front line in Mosul’s Old City on 3 May

Iraqi armed forces say they have opened a new front in the operation against so-called Islamic State (IS) militants in the city of Mosul.

New troops are advancing from the north on an IS-held enclave in the north-west of the city, commanders said.

They will join troops who are already advancing from the south, supported by US-led coalition forces.

The Iraqi army says it has recaptured 70% of western Mosul in the offensive that began in February.

The operation’s commander Staff Lt Gen Abdul-Amir Yarallah told Iraqi TV that the operation would seek to “liberate Mosherfa, al-Kanesa and al-Hermat” districts.

Those areas include the Old City centre and the mosque from where the IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed the establishment of a “caliphate” in 2014, shortly after IS captured the city.

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