Iraqi army: Nimrud captured from ISIL

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Iraqi soldiers have captured Nimrud, the site of an ancient Assyrian city overrun by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) two years ago, a military statement said on Sunday.

The soldiers also captured the village of Numaniya, on the edge of the city that was once the capital of an Assyrian empire stretching from Egypt to parts of modern-day Iran and Turkey, the army said.

Nimrud lies on the eastern bank of the Tigris river, about 30 km south of Mosul where Iraqi soldiers and special forces are battling ISIL for control of the largest city under the group's control in Iraq and neighbouring Syria.

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