A picture shows Iraqi government forces celebrating at the UNESCO-listed ancient city of Hatra, south of Mosul, on April 27, 2017. AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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Iraqi forces Thursday retook the town of Hatra, southwest of Mosul, on the third day of an operation that saw them wrest back a nearby UNESCO-listed ancient city, a statement said.Popular Mobilization paramilitary forces said they had flushed Daesh (ISIS) out of Hatra, which lies 120 kilometers from Mosul.The top army commander coordinating the 6-month-old offensive to retake the Mosul area from the militants, Staff Lt. Gen. Abdel-Amir Yarallah, said the "Popular Mobilization forces fully liberated Hatra town in record time". He was quoted in a statement from the Joint Operations Command as saying that the Iraqi flag was raised above key buildings in the town following a battle during which "heavy losses" were inflicted on the militants.The Popular Mobilization forces, which are dominated by Iran-backed militia groups, had retaken the nearby archaeological site of Hatra Wednesday.
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