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Iraqi forces recapture government offices in Mosul city from Islamic State (IS) terror group

Iraqi special forces soldiers move on foot through an alley on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq, Nov. 4, 2016. Heavy fighting erupted in the eastern neighborhoods of Mosul Friday as Iraqi special forces launched an assault deeper into the urban areas of the city and swung round to attack Islamic State militants from a second entry point to the northeast. VOA

Baghdad, March 7, 2017: Iraqi forces on Tuesday recaptured government offices in Mosul city from the Islamic State (IS) terror group.

The Federal Police command said in a statement that the forces took over the water and sewage department’s offices along with the police directorate and the courts complex in western Mosul’s district of Dindan, Iraqi News reported.

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Earlier on Monday, Iraqi forces recaptured al-Sumoud district before storming the nearby al-Mansour, all near the city centre.

Mosul fell to IS militants in 2014, and had been proclaimed as the capital of the group’s “Islamic Caliphate” before Iraqi forces recaptured the eastern part in January. (IANS)

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Indians Missing in Mosul: V.K. Singh in Iraq to Co-ordinate Search Opertion

V.K Singh will co-ordinate search operation for 39 Indian
V.K Singh will co-ordinate search operation for 39 Indians who went Missing in Mosul. IANS

New Delhi, October 27: After the government sought DNA samples from the next of kin of the 39 Indians Missing in Mosul, Iraq three years ago, Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh is again visiting the country to seek an update.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveeh Kumar said on Friday that Singh’s visit “is to talk to people”.

“He has met a range of people in Iraq. And also to get an update on the 39 missing Indians in Iraq,” Kumar said in his weekly media briefing here.

He said that on Thursday Singh was in Mosul city where the Indians went missing.

Last week, the families of the 39 Indians were asked to provide their DNA samples but no reason was provided, the kin said.

It was in June 2014 that the 39 Indians, mostly from Punjab, went missing in Mosul town when it was overrun by the Islamic State. Their families continue to hope the men are alive but also fear the worst.

Singh had visited Iraq in July too in this connection.(IANS)

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