Iraqi forces retake large Mosul neighborhood from IS

Iraqi forces retake full control of one the largest neighborhoods of west Mosul from the Islamic State group after a week of intense fighting, a top commander says.

“This morning, the heroes of the Counter-Terrorism Service on the western axis succeeded in fully clearing Tenek neighborhood,” Staff Lieutenant General Abdulwahab al-Saadi tells AFP in Mosul.

The elite forces have been spearheading a massive offensive launched in mid-October 2016 to retake Mosul, the country’s second city and the last major Iraqi bastion of the jihadists’ now crumbling “caliphate.”