Iraqi military says it has captured Mosul neighbourhood from Islamic State

Around 60,000 soldiers are participating in the Mosul offensive to retake the western parts of the city from IS (Photo: Jewan Abdi).

Iraqi troops have captured Mosul’s al-Faruq neighbourhood, in the northwestern side of the Old City, from Islamic State militants, the military said.

The district is located opposite the historic Grand al-Nuri Mosque, which was destroyed by the militants last week. Islamic State is still in control of the mosque’s ground.