Iraqi forces seize key town in western Mosul

Western Mosul is now within sight

Iraqi forces have taken a strategically important town close to western Mosul on the third day of their renewed push against so-called Islamic State (IS), the BBC wrote.

The taking of Abu Saif means troops now have a direct line of sight to the Mosul’s airport and its heavily-populated western areas, the BBC added.

But a network of tunnels under the small town means there is still resistance, reports the BBC’s Quentin Sommerville from the scene, according to the BBC.

Eastern Mosul was liberated last month, added the BBC.

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