Mosul battle: Iraqi army retakes city’s east from Islamic State

The Iraqi army says it has recaptured all of eastern Mosul from the so-called Islamic State (IS).

Counter-terror chief Talib Shaghati told reporters the army had taken control of the eastern bank of the Tigris river, which divides the city.

Government forces have made swift advances through eastern Mosul after launching their latest offensive there last month.

Some IS fighters are reportedly still holed up in north-eastern districts.

The campaign to retake the city began in October but got off to a slow start in the face of tough IS resistance and counter-attacks.

Source: BBC