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Daesh Command Center Destroyed in Mosul Hospital
The US-led military coalition Saturday said its forces struck a building in the main medical complex of western Mosul, suspected to house a Daesh [Arabic acronym for "ISIS" / "ISIL"] command center.
The strike, carried out Friday, follows reports that the militants are dug in among civilians on the western side of Mosul and are storing weapons in hospitals, schools, mosques and churches as a tactic to avoid targeting.
The militants are essentially under siege in western Mosul, along with an estimated 650,000 civilians, after US-backed forces surrounding the city dislodged them from the east in the first phase of an offensive that concluded last month.
"The coalition was able to determine through intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance efforts that ‘ISIS' did not use the building for any medical purposes and that civilians were no longer accessing the site," a coalition statement said.
The offensive to dislodge the Takfiri Daesh from Mosul, its last major city stronghold in Iraq, started in October. The hardline Takfiri group declared in 2014 a self-styled "caliphate" that also spans parts of Syria.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team
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