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Iraqi army retakes eastern Mosul from IS

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The Iraqi army says it has recaptured all of eastern Mosul from the so-called Islamic State (IS) group, the BBC reports.

Counter-terror chief Talib Shaghati told reporters the army had taken control of the eastern bank of the Tigris river, which divides the city.

Government forces have made swift advances through eastern Mosul since launching their latest offensive there last month.

Some IS fighters are reportedly still holed up in north-eastern districts.

Mosul is Iraq’s second-largest city and the last urban stronghold IS has in the country.

Speaking at a press conference in Bartalla, a town east of Mosul, Mr Shaghati announced the “liberation” of the city’s east.

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