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Iraqi forces 'make strides in Mosul'

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Iraqi forces 'make strides in Mosul'

<p>Iraqi forces claim to have made further strides in the recapture of western Mosul, including retaking the main government offices in the city. A military spokesman says the Army has also recaptured the central bank’s main branch and a building used to house <span class="caps">ISIL</span>’s main court of justice.</p> <p>The court is known for handing out sentences reflecting the jihadist group’s extreme ideology. </p> <p>Stonings, throwing people off the roofs of buildings and chopping off hands are all said to have been administered punishments.</p> <p>Mosul is the last <span class="caps">ISIL</span> stronghold in Iraq. The group is cornered in the heavily-populated old city.</p> <p>Thousands of civilians are leaving daily, the United Nations reports, with approximately 42,000 displaced last week alone.</p>