January 18, 2017 / 11:00 AM / a year ago

Iraq special forces chief - east side of Mosul seized from Islamic State

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The head of Iraq’s special forces said on Wednesday his troops had recaptured all eastern areas of Mosul they were tasked with seizing from Islamic State, bringing almost all of the east of the city under Iraqi military control.

Lieutenant General Talib Shaghati (C) speaks during a news conference in Bartella, on the fight with Islamic State, in Mosul, Iraq January 18, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

The Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) had taken control of the eastern bank of the Tigris river, which bisects the city from north to south, Lieutenant General Talib Shaghati told reporters in Mosul.

Army units are fighting Islamic State in a collection of northeastern districts the militants remain holed up in, the military says.

Reporting by Isabel Coles; Writing by John Davison; Editing by Catherine Evans

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