Iraqi pro-government forces announce their recapture of the UNESCO-listed ancient city of Hatra from the Islamic State jihadist group.
“Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) forces liberated the ancient city of Hatra… after fierce clashes with the enemy,” says the Shiite-dominated paramilitary group.
Hatra, which lies in the desert southwest of Iraq’s second city Mosul, includes a UNESCO world heritage site.
IS destroyed priceless objects in Hatra and at other archaeological sites after seizing swaths of Iraq and Syria in a lightning 2014 offensive.
The full extent of the harm to Hatra remains unclear.