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Wednesday 26 July 2017

Government troops liberate Mosul university

Iraqi special forces advance inside Mosul University (AP/ Khalid Mohammed)
Iraqi special forces advance inside Mosul University (AP/ Khalid Mohammed)

Government troops in Iraq have fully liberated the sprawling complex of Mosul University, a military spokesman said.

The move is a major step in the massive operation to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul.

The spokesman of the Joint Military Command, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, declared that the campus was under the full control of Iraqi special forces, officially known as the Counter Terrorism Service, who raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings.

Iraqi forces entered the university grounds on Friday and managed to secure more than half of the campus the next day amid stiff resistance from IS militants, who mainly deployed sniper and mortar fire to slow down the advancing troops.

Sunday's progress is the latest in a string of swift territorial gains in recent weeks by the US-backed Iraqi military.

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