June 26, 2017 / 9:21 AM / a month ago

Iraqi military says it has captured Mosul neighborhood from Islamic State

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Smoke billows after an air strike by Iraqi forces towards Islamic State militants in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq June 25, 2017.Erik De Castro

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi troops have captured Mosul's al-Faruq neighborhood, in the northwestern side of the Old City, from Islamic State militants, the military said.

The district is located opposite the historic Grand al-Nuri Mosque, which was destroyed by the militants last week. Islamic State is still in control of the mosque's ground.

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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