Iraqi forces recapture Mosul Airport from IS
BBC – Iraqi security forces have recaptured Mosul airport, a key part of the government’s offensive to drive the so-called Islamic State (IS) from the western half of the city.
The operation took four hours. IS continued to fire mortars at the airport from further inside the city after losing the ground to the army.
The jihadists have also entered a nearby military base amid further clashes, a military spokesman said.
Eastern Mosul was retaken last month.
The airport’s runway has been destroyed by IS, but BBC Middle East Correspondent Quentin Sommerville, who is embedded with Iraqi federal police units, says it still has value.
It’s a large piece of land, and controlling it will help secure southern routes to west Mosul, our correspondent says.
How to submit an Op-Ed: Libyan Express accepts opinion articles on a wide range of topics. Submissions may be sent to email@example.com. Please include ‘Op-Ed’ in the subject line.
- UNSMIL denies meeting between Stephanie Williams and Wagner’s officials - January 20, 2022
- Joe Biden: Russia will invade Ukraine - January 20, 2022
- Al-Gotrani, three ministers to meet in Moscow next week - January 16, 2022