Iraqi families leave Mosul's Nablus neighbourhood on March 12, 2017, during an offensive by security forces to retake the western parts of the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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By Sunday, Iraqi forces were tightening the noose.Saadi said CTS forces were battling IS inside Mosul al-Jadida and Al-Aghawat on Sunday, and Iraq's Joint Operations Command said they recaptured the latter area later in the day.Backed by a US-led air strikes and other support, Iraqi forces have since retaken 60 percent of the territory they lost, said McGurk.The operation to recapture Mosul -- then the last Iraqi city under IS control -- was launched in October.After recapturing the east of the city, Iraqi forces last month set their sites on the west, where hundreds of thousands of civilians remain trapped.McGurk said IS fighters were thought to be dying faster than the group can replace them, and also said the coalition had trained nearly 90,000 Iraqi security personnel.The attack also killed 11 Syrian civilians and 20 members of pro-government security forces, it said.
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