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Iraqi forces advance on last ISIL-held district outside Mosul’s old city

June 14, 2017 3:25 pm

Iraqi forces have retaken another neighbourhood in their fight against ISIL in west Mosul.

The capture of Zanjili leaves the areas of Shifa and Bab Sinjar under control by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).

After taking these two areas the forces will be able to surround the old city on Mosul, where tens of thousands of civilians are trapped amid ISIL fighters.

The final push that began on May 27 has resulted in the destruction of large parts of the city and hundreds of civilian deaths.

Al Jazeera’s Osama Bin Javaid reports from Erbil, east of Mosul.

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