U.S. forces recapture house of ancients in northern Iraq


U.N. experts say the U.M.O. house of ancient and sacred sites near the Iraqi city of Mosul is safe after a U.P. airstrike, marking a victory for the Iraqi government and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

The U.K.-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said Wednesday the Iraqi air raid killed 12 people, including women and children, at the house of the Anas al-Khudri Mosque in the southern city of Basra.

The airstrike was the latest in a string of strikes on ISIL-held areas by the U-P coalition since a U-M-O offensive on April 8, when the coalition targeted more than 100 ISIL positions in northern and western Iraq.

Iraqi officials said ISIL’s command and control office in Mosul had been overrun, with fighters retreating from the northern and west of the city.

The offensive has been supported by U.U.S.-led air strikes.

The IISS said ISIL is believed to have around 200 fighters in Mosul.ISIL fighters and their families fled Mosul to Mosul after the Iraqi army captured it from the Iraqi security forces on May 2.

In response, ISIL fighters are reportedly moving north to the town of Tal Afar, where they have established an Islamic state in an area near the Euphrates River, the IISS added.

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