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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 ISIL’s main court of justice.

The court is known for handing out sentences reflecting the jihadist group’s extreme ideology.

Stonings, throwing people off the roofs of buildings and chopping off hands are all said to have been administered punishments.

Mosul is the last ISIL stronghold in Iraq. The group is cornered in the heavily-populated old city.

Thousands of civilians are leaving daily, the United Nations reports, with approximately 42,000 displaced last week alone.