Iraqi forces recapture Mosul government office

Source:Reuters Published: 2017/3/7 23:33:39

Iraqi government forces fighting to drive the Islamic State (IS) from western Mosul on Tuesday recaptured the main government building, the central bank branch and the museum where three years ago the militants had smashed statues and artifacts.

The government buildings had been destroyed and were not used by Islamic State, but their capture still represented a symbolic victory in the battle over the militants' last major stronghold in Iraq.

An elite Rapid Response team stormed the Nineveh governorate building and government complex in an overnight raid, spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Abdel Amir al-Mohammadawi said.

They also seized a building that housed the IS' main court of justice, known for its harsh sentences, including stoning, throwing people off building roofs and chopping off hands, reflecting Islamic State's extreme ideology.

"They killed tens from Daesh," Mohammadawi said, referring to the IS by one of its Arabic acronyms. The raid took over an hour.

The militants looted the central bank when they took over the city in 2014 and took videos of themselves destroying statues and artifacts.

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