BAGHDAD – An Iraqi military commander says forces have taken control of another neighborhood in western Mosul.
Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, spokesman of the Joint Military Operations Command, tells The Associated Press on Friday that despite bad weather, Iraqi special operations forces have completely retaken the Wadi Hajjar area from Islamic State group militants. However, commanders on the ground say that clearing operations are still continuing.
Wadi Hajjar lies just northwest of the city's international airport.
Iraqi forces, including special operations forces and federal police units, launched an attack on the western part of Mosul nearly two weeks ago to dislodge the extremists. Since the offensive began, over 28,000 people have been displaced by the fighting, according to the UN.