Iraqi security forces entered Mosul International Airport on Thursday, taking over the runway amid fierce clashes with the Islamic State group, police officials said.
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Two police officers said the airport buildings are now under fire from the Iraqi police forces. They would not provide more details but said troops from the U.S.-led coalition are with the advancing forces, though they didn't specify the nationalities of the foreign forces.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to reporters.
The operation to retake Iraq's second-largest city was officially launched in October and in January its eastern half was declared "fully liberated."