U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launch fresh push toward Mosul’s old city center

Iraqi soldiers celebrate on a bridge that they recently regained control of, from Islamic State militants, in western Mosul, Iraq, Monday, March 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Iraqi security forces captured al-Hurriya bridge, also known as the second bridge, in the battle against the Islamic State, officials said.

Iraqi forces now control two of five key bridges separating east and west . The U.S.-led international coalition against the Islamic State damaged all five bridges in to prevent the flow of militants.

The Iraqi government on Monday also said the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service is in control of the al-Sumud neighborhood.

Iraqi forces suspended their offensive on for three days due to bad weather. Operations resumed Sunday when forces advanced into the Dawasa, Denedan, and al-Mansour neighborhoods, Rudaw reported.

Iraqi soldiers celebrate on a bridge that they recently regained control of, from Islamic State militants, in western Mosul, Iraq, Monday, March 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Iraqi soldiers celebrate on a bridge that they recently regained control of, from Islamic State militants, in western Mosul, Iraq, Monday, March 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Iraq on Feb. 19 launched its military offensive to retake western . The offensive to retake began Oct. 17, led by Iraqi security forces and aided by the Kurdish Peshmerga, a Shiite-led militia, and the U.S.-led international coalition. Iraq fully captured east in late January.

Iraqi Army officials said at least 330 Islamic State militants have died, while 110 have been captured, in the past 15 days. Since Feb. 19, Iraqi forces said they have recorded at least 125 Islamic State suicide bombings. Officials said more than 500 Iraqi soldiers have died since the operation started.

In west , Iraqi forces so far control the al-Sumud, Wadi al-Hajar, al-Jawsaq, al-Tayyaran and al-Maamun districts.

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