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Iraqi forces take control over Daesh command center in western Mosul

Iraqi civilians evacuate the area as the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) advance toward the Yabasat neighborhood on March 23, 2017 during their ongoing offensive to push Takfiri Daesh terrorists out of Mosul. (Photo by AFP)

Iraqi government forces have managed to establish complete control over a command center run by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in central Mosul as the country's armed forces battle to recapture the country’s second largest city and drive the extremists out of their last urban stronghold in Iraq.

Commander of Federal Police Forces Lieutenant General Raed Shaker Jawdat said on Friday that soldiers from the 5th Division of the police seized the building in the Old City on the western side of Mosul, Arabic-language al-Forat news agency reported.

Jawdat added that security personnel found documents, explosive devices, weapons and communication sets inside the facility.

Elsewhere in the Cardagli village of the central province of Salahuddin, pro-government fighters from Popular Mobilization Units – commonly known by their Arabic name, Hashd al-Sha’abi – foiled an infiltration attempt by Daesh militants.

Ali al-Husseini, the spokesperson of Hashd al-Sha’abi for northern Iraq, told al-Sumaria television network that his fellow fighters engaged in hour-long clashes with the Takfiris early on Friday, and are now in full control of the area.

Iraqi army soldiers and Hashd al-Sha’abi fighters launched their offensive to retake Mosul last October and since then they have made sweeping gains against Takfiri elements.

Iraqi forces took control of eastern Mosul in January after 100 days of fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19.

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