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Iraqi Troops In Mosul Push Closer To Landmark Mosque

Iraqi troops pounded Islamic State (IS) militant positions in Mosul's Old City on April 13 as they continued their push to seize control of the symbolically important Al-Nuri Mosque. The mosque is where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in July 2014. U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launched an offensive in February to liberate west Mosul from IS fighters who captured the city nearly three years ago. (Reuters)