post-title Mosul offensive: Iraqi forces storm airport in bid to retake city

Mosul offensive: Iraqi forces storm airport in bid to retake city

Mosul offensive: Iraqi forces storm airport in bid to retake city

Iraqi security forces have launched an attack on Mosul airport, a key part of the government’s offensive to drive so-called Islamic State (IS) militants from the western half of the city.

They also stormed the nearby al-Ghazlani military camp, where fierce clashes were under way, AP reported.

The runway has already been destroyed by IS, but seizing such a large site would help the Iraqi army control southern routes into Mosul.

Eastern Mosul was retaken last month.

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