Fresh blow for ISIS as Iraqi forces retake two areas of Mosul from terror group

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Islamic State (SCREENGRAB)

Iraqi soldiers fighting Islamic State militants have retaken control of two neighbourhoods in the northern city of Mosul, the military said.

Lieutenant Colonel Muhanad al-Tamimi said his men successfully managed to wrest control of the Zohour district, after more than a week of combat.

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A map of Mosul (WIKIMEDIA)

He said Iraqi forces also took the district of Qadissiyah-2 on Friday.

Iraqi forces are believed to have captured 23 neighbourhoods in Mosul’s eastern sector since the campaign to retake the city began on October 17.

Progress has so far been slow, because of fears for civilian safety and concern over IS resistance.

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IS militants (FLICKR)

There has been some disparity over the exact amount of districts captured, an issue that Iraqi commanders have blamed the use of different maps and the small size of some districts for.

This comes after a new report by European law enforcement agency Europol issued a stark warning that the failure of IS to retain territories in the Middle East made attacks in Europe increasingly likely.

In a damning indictment of the security of EU member states, the report claimed that countries across mainland Europe – including France and Belgium, who fell victim to major terrorist attacks over the past two years – were vulnerable.

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Iraqi soldiers (WIKIMEDIA)

The report also claims there “is evidence that IS has shown an interest in the use of chemical and/or biological weapons.”

The fight to retake Mosul – the largest urban centre in Iraq still held by IS – is being fought on several fronts, with forces from the military, federal police and Sunni tribal militias deployed to the north and south of the city.

State-sanctioned militias have secured territory to the west of Mosul, but are not expected to enter the city.

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