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Iraqi security forces have retaken much of eastern Mosul (AP)

Iraqi security forces have retaken much of eastern Mosul (AP)

Iraqi security forces have retaken much of eastern Mosul (AP)

Islamic State militants have launched a gas attack in a newly-liberated area in western Mosul, the Iraqi military has claimed.

An officer with the anti-terrorism forces said the attack occurred the night before in the al-Abar area, when IS fired a rocked loaded with chlorine.

He said seven soldiers suffered breathing problems and were treated in a nearby field clinic.

US-backed Iraqi forces are currently battling IS militants in the more densely-populated western half of Mosul, with more than half of that area having been retaken.

The extremists were driven out of the eastern half of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, in January.

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