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>> Iraqi families used to stroll through this park in Mosul, then it became a training ground for Islamic State militants. It was recaptured during the three-month drive to push the jihadists from the east of the city, which became their stronghold after they seized it in 2014. Iraqi police hold the camp now, but they're far from safe.
The militants remain determined. Their snipers close by and highly experienced.>> Islamic State used this entire area as a training ground and it was cordoned off to train people on how to snipe, use mortars and for physical training.>> Locals over in western Mosul inform the police about the snipers' positions which were about 500 meters away across the Tigris River.
Most are foreign fighters, police say. They send drones over the park too, to carry out surveillance and drop explosives. The battle for western Mosul comes next. Iraqi police and armed forces fearing the militants will put up a fiercer fight there to defend what's left of their self-proclaimed caliphate.