Iraq forces fully control Mosul airport: Commander

AFP , Friday 24 Feb 2017

Mosul Operation
Iraqi forces advance on February 23, 2017 towards Mosul airport on the southern edge of the jihadist stronghold for the first time since the Islamic State group overran the region in 2014 (Photo: AFP)

Iraqi forces have taken full control of Mosul airport from the Islamic State group, a senior commander told AFP on Friday, after sappers finished clearing the compound of booby traps.

"I can confirm that the airport is fully liberated," said Brigadier General Abbas al-Juburi, of the interior ministry's elite Rapid Response units that led the assault.

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