Iraqi security forces storm Mosul airport: state TV

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 23, 2017 1:31 AM

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul stormed the city's main airport and a nearby military base on Thursday, state television said.

"Rapid response forces, federal police and anti-terrorism forces stormed Mosul airport... and an al-Ghazlani military camp," said a statement read out on state TV.

Since ousting the militant group from eastern Mosul last month, Iraqi forces have sought to capture Mosul airport and the nearby al-Ghazlani military base on Mosul's southern outskirts and use them as a launchpad to retake the western half of the city.

(Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Writing by Tom Finn; Editing by Nick Macfie)