Iraqi forces moving on Mosul airport in fight with ISIL
Iraqi security forces have launched an attack on Mosul airport, a key part of the government's offensive to drive so-called Islamic State (IS) militants from the western half of the city.As ISIL is being forced out of its control of real estate within Iraq, there has been some indication that ISIL forces are infiltrating other areas acting more as insurgents than as government caliphate. Removing them from control will likely not end the war with this group.
They also stormed a nearby military camp, state TV said. It follows air strikes by the US-led coalition.
The runway has already been destroyed by IS, but seizing such a large site would help the Iraqi army control southern routes into Mosul.
Eastern Mosul was retaken last month.