The airport — largely destroyed by ISIS forces — is now fully under Iraqi Federal Police control, said Col. Abdel Amir Mohamed, commander of the Rapid Response Unit of the Federal Police.
Brett McGurk, the US envoy for the anti-ISIS coalition, congratulated Iraq for the victory.
“Congratulations to Iraqi forces for completing complex maneuver ops to secure #Mosul airport from #ISIS terrorists,” he tweeted. “#ISIS is now trapped.”
Iraqi forces launched a new bid to retake the western parts of the city on Sunday after declaring in late January that the east had been liberated.
23 February 2017