Iraq army seizes munitions depot in ISIL-held E. Mosul

Militants, meanwhile, shore up defenses in advance of fresh army advance on city

Iraq army seizes munitions depot in ISIL-held E. Mosul

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iraqi forces on Tuesday seized a munitions depot amid ongoing army operations to capture eastern Mosul from the ISIL extremist group, according to a local police officer. 

Police Brigadier Mazhar Abdel-Basit said four tons of materials used to manufacture explosives had been found in the depot. 

Since late October, Iraqi forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition warplanes, have been trying to recapture Mosul, which ISIL overran in mid-2014. 

Last week, the Iraqi army announced the "total liberation" of eastern Mosul -- after nearly three months of fighting -- from the grip of the extremist group. 

ISIL militants are now reportedly shoring up their defenses in western Mosul in anticipation of large-scale army operations to recapture the area. 

"For the last three days, the militants have been setting up barricades in western Mosul near the Tigris River," Salam al-Draji, a local police officer, told Anadolu Agency. 

The reinforcements, he said, were meant to prevent Iraqi forces from advancing into ISIL-held districts of the war-battered city. 

 
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