Iraqi pro-government forces patrol the eastern part of the embattled Iraqi city of Mosul on Dec. 28, 2016, during an ongoing military operation against ISIS. / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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Iraqi forces closed in on the river that runs through central Mosul on Saturday in advances against ISIS that have gathered pace thanks to new tactics and better coordination, a counterterrorism spokesman said.Counter-terrorism service (CTS) forces were the closest they had been to the Tigris inside Mosul and closing in on a strategic bridge, the spokesman said.A separate military statement said Iraqi federal police had recaptured a hospital complex in Wahda in southeastern Mosul, a significant turnaround after army units were forced to withdraw from the site last month.The CTS and federal police are part of a 100,000-strong Iraqi force made up of the military, Kurdish fighters and Shiite militias, backed by U.S.-led air power.
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