Iraqi Forces Regain Full Control Of Mosul International Airport
Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul International Airport from Islamic State (ISIS) militants on Thursday (February 23), an Iraqi commander said.
An Iraqi SWAT Commander, Abdulaziz Raza Mwsawy, said that the Iraqi forces regained full control of the airport, adding fighting continues outside the airport.
The Iraqi forces aim to turn the airport into a close support base for the offensive into the west of the city itself.
U.S.-backed Iraqi forces closing in on the ISIS-held western half of Mosul stormed on Thursday the airport and a nearby military base on its southern outskirts to create a foothold for a thrust into the city.
A source from Iraq’s Counter-Terrorism Forces said earlier that the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Forces had entered Ghozlani camp, a sprawling military complex that includes barracks and a training ground.
Since ousting ISIS from eastern Mosul last month, Iraqi forces have advanced in sparsely populated outlying areas but fighting will intensify as they near the teeming inner city of western Mosul and the risk to roughly 750,000 civilians there will rise.
The airport and military complex, which includes barracks and training grounds and sprawls across an area close to the Baghdad-Mosul highway was captured by Islamic State fighters when they overran Mosul in June 2014.