BAGHDAD,�� US-backed Iraqi troops Sunday retook the ancient Assyrian town of Nimrud in their offensive to liberate Mosul, the Daesh terror group's stronghold in the north of the country, the Iraqi army said.
Brig. Gen. Khaled Jabouri said government forces tightened their control of Nimrud in Mosul's eastern outskirts after expelling Daesh fighters from the area, about 450 KM north of Baghdad.
He said security forces killed many of the militant group's fighters during the operation in the army's advance on Mosul.
Daesh's destruction of the archaeological site, which dates back to the 13th century BC, after it overran Nimrud about two years ago, had drawn world-wide condemnation. The UN cultural agency UNESCO called the demolition of shrines and statues at the site a war crime.
Source: Nam News Network