Tue Dec 6, 2016 3:13PM
The file photo shows a view of al-Salam Hospital on the left bank of the Tigris River in Mosul, Iraq.
The file photo shows a view of al-Salam Hospital on the left bank of the Tigris River in Mosul, Iraq.

Iraqi army soldiers have wrested control of al-Salam Hospital situated on the left bank of Tigris River as part of their operation to liberate the strategic city of Mosul from the grip of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

Major General Walid al-Khalifah, the deputy of the army’s 9th Division, said the Iraqi national flag was hoisted over the hospital building on Tuesday.

He further announced the recapture of another Mosul medical institution, called al-Talimi Hospital, by the Iraqi forces.

Meanwhile, the commander of Nineveh Liberation Operation, Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Yarallah, confirmed the al-Salam Hospital recapture, noting that the troops from the 9th Division "continued clearing" the al-Salam neighborhood of Daesh militants.

Mosul is split by the Tigris River, with the eastern half of the city known as the left bank. 

Iraqi soldiers walk among the wreckage of buildings damaged in clashes with Daesh militants in the neighborhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul, Iraq, December 6, 2016. (Photo by Reuters)

The northern Iraqi city fell to Daesh two years ago, when the terror outfit began its campaign of death and destruction in the Middle Eastern country.

Since October 17, the Iraqi army troops and allied fighters have been leading an offensive to retake Mosul.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has vowed to rid the city of Takfiri elements by the end of 2016.