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Iraq: Government forces begin fresh offensive against IS in Mosul01:05

Iraq: Government forces begin fresh offensive against IS in Mosul

Iraq, Mosul
February 19, 2017 at 19:47 GMT -00:00 · Published

Iraqi government forces began a renewed assault on positions held by the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in an aim at liberating western Mosul, Sunday. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the offensive earlier in the day, amidst concerns that heavily populated residential areas would be caught in the crossfire during the campaign.

Dozens of tanks and armoured vehicles drove towards IS positions with the help of air support. Government forces reportedly managed to liberate two villages, Athbah and Al-Lazzagah, in the south of Mosul near the city's airport.

The military operation to liberate Mosul began on October 17. IS captured Mosul in 2014 and the offensive is now fronted by the Iraqi army, Kurdish and Shia militias, and the US-led anti-IS coalition. It is the last major city in Iraq under IS control.

Iraq: Government forces begin fresh offensive against IS in Mosul01:05
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Iraqi government forces began a renewed assault on positions held by the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in an aim at liberating western Mosul, Sunday. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the offensive earlier in the day, amidst concerns that heavily populated residential areas would be caught in the crossfire during the campaign.

Dozens of tanks and armoured vehicles drove towards IS positions with the help of air support. Government forces reportedly managed to liberate two villages, Athbah and Al-Lazzagah, in the south of Mosul near the city's airport.

The military operation to liberate Mosul began on October 17. IS captured Mosul in 2014 and the offensive is now fronted by the Iraqi army, Kurdish and Shia militias, and the US-led anti-IS coalition. It is the last major city in Iraq under IS control.

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