Iraqi security forces advance during fighting against Islamic State militants in western Mosul.
Iraqi forces have moved deeper into western Mosul, overrunning a district and edging closer to the most symbolic site of Islamic State’s rule, the Grand Nouri mosque where the “caliphate” was proclaimed more than two years ago.
In a push along the western bank of the Tigris river, federal police units seized an administration building, the Central Bank and the Mosul museum, a site previously used as a meeting point for senior Isis leaders. The assault initially met fierce resistance, but that had ended by dawn on Tuesday.
The prime minister, Haidar al-Abadi, who has staked much on reclaiming Mosul, flew to the city to congratulate troops, whose progress near the river has eclipsed the expectations of battle planners.
Further to the west, however, predictions of a long, grinding fight through dense and dangerous neighbourhoods were playing out, with Iraqi forces consolidating a foothold on the outskirts of the city, but not yet being able to advance.
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