Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul on Saturday after retaking the city's airport from Islamic State
U.S.- backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul on Saturday after retaking the city’s airport from Islamic State and punching into built-up areas of the jihadists’ last major stronghold in the country. The iraqi -Troops advanced in several southern districts that are more built-up and populated than outlying areas, and around 1,000 civilians walked across the frontlines – the largest displacement since fighting began a week ago to deal ISIS a decisive blow. Counter-terrorism forces were advancing on two directions towards Wadi Hajr and Mamoun districts, said Lieutenant General Abdelwahab al-Saadi, a senior commander. Around one thousand civilians, mostly women and children, left parts of Mosul on Saturday where they climbed into military trucks taking them to camps further south.