Battle for Mosul - retake from ISIS

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Battle for Mosul - retake from ISIS
« on: February 19, 2017, 02:10:54 PM »
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/iraqi-forces-launch-offensive-retake-west-mosul-170219045120508.html
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Iraqi government launches offensive on west Mosul


Prime minister announces start of military operation to take back ISIL's last major urban territory in Iraq.


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Iraq's prime minister has announced the launch of a military assault aimed at taking western Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

The Iraqi forces seized 10 villages from ISIL, also known as ISIS, on Sunday, advancing from several directions, they moved towards osul airport, which lies just south of the city.

"We announce the start of a new phase in the operation. We are coming to Nineveh to liberate the western side of Mosul," Haider al-Abadi said on television.

A top army commander later announced that forces led by federal police units retook villages south of Mosul, including Athbah, which leaves them within striking distance of the airport.

"We launched our operation at 7:00 am (0400 GMT)... We are heading towards the airport," said Abbas al-Juburi of the interior ministry's elite Rapid Response force.

The sky south of Mosul was black with smoke from air strikes and artillery as thousands of forces in armoured convoys worked converged on the airport.

"They're desperate," Ali, a Rapid Response officer, said in the village of Al-Buseif as helicopters flew overhead, tracking the last ISIL fighters attempting to flee.

"They will try to cause as many losses as possible, because they know they will die anyway," his colleague Alaa said.

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The major push to recapture Mosul was launched on October 17, supported by bombing raids from a US-led coalition.
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Iraqi government launches offensive on west Mosul

Prime minister announces start of military operation to take back ISIL's last major urban territory in Iraq.
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