Iraqi forces recapture bridge amid advance to clear western Mosul from Daesh militants

Iraqi forces recapture bridge amid advance to clear western Mosul from Daesh militants

Iraqi government forces on Saturday recaptured a bridge across the Tigris River from Islamic State (IS) militants in the old city in the western side of Mosul, a security source said, Xinhua reports.

"The federal police carried out a push at dawn in the southern part of the old city and managed to seize the foot of a strategic bridge across Tigris, locally known as Old Bridge," a federal police colonel said on condition of anonymity.

All of Mosul's five bridges, spanning the Tigris River to the city's eastern bank, were destroyed by airstrikes last year.

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