Iraqi forces close in on Mosul area

MOSUL: Iraqi army helicopters strafed and fired rockets at Daesh positions in Mosul’s Old City on Sunday as troops on the ground closed in on the strategic and symbolic prize of the Al Nuri Mosque. Federal Police troops had advanced past the train station in western Mosul closer to the mosque. A police commander said they were very close to taking control of it. Residents fled from the area, carrying bags of belongings and

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