Iraq special forces chief: East side of Mosul seized from ISIS

Iraq's special forces head says east side of Mosul has been seized from Islamic State.
Iraqi counter-terrorism soldiers patrolling in Mosul while looking for ISIS forces, on Jan 17, 2017.
Iraqi counter-terrorism soldiers patrolling in Mosul while looking for ISIS forces, on Jan 17, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

BAGHDAD (REUTERS) - The head of Iraq's special forces said on Wednesday (Jan 18) his troops had recaptured all eastern areas of Mosul they were tasked with seizing from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), bringing almost all of the east of the city under Iraqi military control.

The Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) had taken control of the eastern bank of the Tigris river, which bisects the city from north to south, Lieutenant General Talib Shaghati told reporters in Mosul.

Army units are fighting ISIS in a collection of northeastern districts the militants remain holed up in, the military says.