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France: Hollande addresses international meeting on future of Mosul

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October 20, 2016 at 09:26 GMT +00:00 · Published

President of France Francois Hollande spoke at an international meeting on future of Mosul, in Paris, on Thursday, where he discussed the ongoing operation to take back the city.

Hollande said, "Today DAESH [IS] is on the back foot everywhere. It is retreating in Iraq and in Syria. In Iraq it is the Iraqi forces and the Peshmerga which are on the frontline which has opened, carrying up very brave operations and they are already winning back ground."

During his speech, Hollande was quick to draw an important distinction between the members of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) who have been holding the city since June 2014 and those civilians who are living in Mosul under their rule. He said, "Everything must be done to guarantee the protection of the civil population that today is at risk in combat zone. Let's not confuse the people who are living in the city with the terrorists who are laying down the law and their domination."

The army of Popular Mobilization Units has recently been working towards the recapture of Mosul by liberating nearby towns and cutting off supply routes to the militants, who remain in the city. Mosul is the IS militant group's last bastion of power in Iraq.

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President of France Francois Hollande spoke at an international meeting on future of Mosul, in Paris, on Thursday, where he discussed the ongoing operation to take back the city.

Hollande said, "Today DAESH [IS] is on the back foot everywhere. It is retreating in Iraq and in Syria. In Iraq it is the Iraqi forces and the Peshmerga which are on the frontline which has opened, carrying up very brave operations and they are already winning back ground."

During his speech, Hollande was quick to draw an important distinction between the members of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) who have been holding the city since June 2014 and those civilians who are living in Mosul under their rule. He said, "Everything must be done to guarantee the protection of the civil population that today is at risk in combat zone. Let's not confuse the people who are living in the city with the terrorists who are laying down the law and their domination."

The army of Popular Mobilization Units has recently been working towards the recapture of Mosul by liberating nearby towns and cutting off supply routes to the militants, who remain in the city. Mosul is the IS militant group's last bastion of power in Iraq.

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