Iraqi army says it reached center of key town south of Mosul

September 22, 2016 8:37 AM

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Iraqi army says it reached center of key town south of Mosul

TIKRIT, Iraq Iraq's military backed by air strikes from a U.S.-led coalition on Thursday seized the center of Shirqat, a northern town seen as a stepping stone in the campaign to recapture Mosul from Islamic State.

The army, backed by local police and Sunni Muslim tribal fighters, were still clashing with the ultra-hardline jihadists after taking control of the mayor's office, the municipal building and the hospital, said a source from the Salahuddin Operations Command, which oversees military operations in th...

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