An Iraqi Counter Terrorism Services soldier sits on top of his armoured vehicle during a battle between CTS and ISIS militants in western Mosul, Iraq, April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Iraqi troops on Tuesday drove out ISIS militants from the largest neighborhood in the western half of the city of Mosul, a senior military commander said, a major development in the months-long fight to recapture the country's second-largest city.In February, the troops started a new push to clear Mosul's western side of ISIS militants, but weeks later their push stalled mainly due to stiff resistance by the Sunni militant group.To the east of al-Tanek, Iraqi forces have been facing tough resistance from ISIS in Mosul's Old City, an area that stretches along the Tigris River, which divides Mosul into its eastern and western half.
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