Iraqi security forces have recaptured Mosul airport, marking a major advance in their fight to drive the Islamic State (IS) from the western half of the city.
The operation took four hours Thursday, according to the BBC.
The IS, after losing the ground to the army, continued to fire mortars at the airport from further inside the city, the report said.
The jihadists have also entered a nearby military base amid further clashes, a military spokesman was quoted as saying.
Eastern Mosul was retaken last month.
Thursday’s assault began with air strikes by the US-led coalition before armored columns advanced to the airport’s perimeter.
The advance brings the Iraqi army within less than a mile of western Mosul, where the militants are expected to launch attacks from densely populated neighborhoods.
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