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Iraqi troops drive out IS militants from largest neighborhood of western Mosul

Iraqi troops drive out IS militants from largest neighborhood of western MosulA senior military commander says Iraqi troops have driven out Islamic State militants from the largest neighborhood in the western half of the city of Mosul.

This is reported by The Associated Press.

Special forces Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the sprawling al-Tanek neighborhood "is fully liberated and under full control" of the security forces. Al-Saadi didn't provide more details.

Taking sprawling al-Tanek on the city's westernmost edge is a major development.

To the east of al-Tanek, Iraqi forces have been facing tough resistance from IS in Mosul's Old City along the Tigris River. Its narrow alleys and densely populated areas have made it hard for troops to move forward.

Read also: Iraqi forces retake half of western Mosul

Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, fell to IS in the summer of 2014, along with large swaths of northern and western Iraq.
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