Iraqi security forces recaptured on Sunday two major districts in western Mosul from Islamic State fighters, both near the city’s airport which the troops conquered a few days earlier.
Sky News Arabia quoted Haider al-Maturi, an Iraqi army commandos chief, as saying that the forces invaded al-Tayaran. He said the forces detonated nine booby-trapped cars planted by IS militants, but a tenth vehicle exploded, killing two police members.
Meanwhile, Abdul-Amir Yarallah, commander of the Joint Operations Command’s operations in Nineveh, said in statements that troops also retook al-Maamoun district, with the forces arresting several militants of diverse nationalities.
Iraqi police forces also said Sunday they had killed three snipers from the Islamic State group in southern Mosul, and took control over the Baghdad-Mosul road.