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Iraq: Civilians flee west Mosul as battle against IS continues01:00

Iraq: Civilians flee west Mosul as battle against IS continues

Iraq, Mosul
March 1, 2017 at 12:11 GMT -00:00 · Published

Internally Displaced People (IDPs) could be sighted just outside the village of al-Salam, northwest of Mosul, on Tuesday as they headed towards the government-controlled refugee camps. Their displacement comes as Iraqi forces continue to progress towards self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) positions.

On February 19, Iraqi government forces began a renewed assault on positions held by the IS in an aim to establish control over western Mosul. The offensive was announced by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, amidst concerns that heavily populated residential areas would be caught in the crossfire during the campaign.

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. Mosul is the last major city in Iraq still under IS control.

Iraq: Civilians flee west Mosul as battle against IS continues01:00
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Internally Displaced People (IDPs) could be sighted just outside the village of al-Salam, northwest of Mosul, on Tuesday as they headed towards the government-controlled refugee camps. Their displacement comes as Iraqi forces continue to progress towards self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) positions.

On February 19, Iraqi government forces began a renewed assault on positions held by the IS in an aim to establish control over western Mosul. The offensive was announced by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, amidst concerns that heavily populated residential areas would be caught in the crossfire during the campaign.

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. Mosul is the last major city in Iraq still under IS control.

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