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Iraqi forces gain more ground in Mosul

Iraqi forces kept pushing towards the centre of Mosul over the past two days, marking some new victories against the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL), officials told Diyaruna Monday (November 14th).

"Joint Iraqi forces now control 12 new neighbourhoods in and around Mosul, while battles are ongoing in six more," Ninawa operations commander Nejim Edin Karim al-Jubury said.

"Army forces and Counter-Terrorism Services have taken control of al-Intessar al-Thaniya, Karkukly, the Commercial Street, al-Muthanna neighbourhood, and parts of al-Qadisiya, east of Mosul, and more progress is being made," he said.

Meanwhile, more villages in Mosul's suburbs have been liberated, including Tal Srur, al-Rakrak and al-Tasa, he added.

On Sunday, Iraqi forces said they had recaptured villages around the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud .

"The villages of Nomaniyah and Nimrud and the ruins of Nimrud were recaptured," Staff Brig. Gen. Saad Ibrahim of the 9th Armoured Division told AFP.

Iraq's Joint Operations Command had announced earlier Sunday that the entire Nimrud area was retaken, but later said that this was incorrect.

However, the village of Nimrud and the archaeological site have been recaptured, the command said.

Meanwhile, six police stations and 10 headquarters for supporting units are operational again in areas liberated from ISIL in Mosul, Interior Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Saad Maan said Monday.

Six police stations have re-opened in al-Qayyarah, Hajj Ali, Hamam al-Alil, al-Shora, al-Hamdaniya and Bartella , Maan said.

"Ten headquarters for supporting units have also been opened in al-Samah al-Thaniya, al-Imam, al-Quds and Bartella where they are working to preserve security," he said, adding that several civil defence centres are now operational again in liberated areas.

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