Iraq: Regime launches Mosul offensive to drive out Islamic State

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October 17, 2016
Cyprus Mail [Cyprus]    
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"Iraqi government forces, with air and ground support from the US-led coalition, launched an offensive on Monday to drive Islamic State from the northern city of Mosul, the militants' last major stronghold in the country. Helicopters released flares overhead and explosions could be heard on the city’s eastern front, where Kurdish fighters moved forward to take outlying villages, a Reuters correspondent said. The United States predicted Islamic State would suffer 'a lasting defeat' as Iraqi forces mounted their biggest operation since the US withdrew its own troops in 2011. Some 30,000 Iraqi soldiers, Kurdish Peshmerga militia and Sunni tribal fighters were expected to take part in the offensive to drive an estimated 4,000 to 8,000 Islamic State militants from Mosul, a city of 1.5 million people." (10/16/16)  

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