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Iraq eyes recapture of east Mosul within days

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Iraqi special forces advance through Mosul's Al-Zahraa neighbourhood during an ongoing military operation against the Islamic State (IS) group on January 7, 2017Iraqi forces will retake east Mosul from the jihadists within days, a top commander said Monday, after his fighters in the city reached the Tigris River for the first time. Baghdad’s forces have retaken a series of areas in eastern Mosul since launching an operation to recapture the city from the Islamic State group on October 17, but the west remains under IS control. East Mosul will be retaken within “a few days, God willing,” Staff Lieutenant General Abdulghani al-Assadi, a top commander in Iraq’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service, told AFP.

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