Iraq’s government said it took a major stride toward recapturing the ISIS stronghold of Mosul on Thursday, storming a strategically important airport and a nearby military base.
ISIS had been using Mosul Airport as a training camp and a factory for making car bombs — one of their most effective weapons against U.S.-backed forces trying to retake the city.
The airport also represented one of the strongest positions on the militants’ defensive line, and its recapture means the Iraqi forces now control all roads in and out of the city.
In what has been a hard-fought, months-long campaign to retake Mosul — ISIS’ last stronghold in Iraq — the advance represents a major win for the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
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