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Offensive to liberate Mosul, Islamic State's last major stronghold in Iraq, begins

L.A. Times Sunday, 16 October 2016 ()
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced early Monday that a military offensive to recapture Mosul from Islamic State is now underway. The offensive had been expected some time this month.

“The campaign to liberate Mosul has begun,” Abadi said on Iraqi state television, appearing surrounded...
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News video: Shi'ite Militias Say Will Enter Mosul

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Peshmerga forces advance in the east of Mosul to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, October 18, 2016. A Shi'ite paramilitary force said late on Tuesday it will support the Iraqi army's offensive on Mosul, Islamic State's last major stronghold in Iraq, raising the risk of sectarian strife...

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