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Iraqis push toward IS-held Mosul in long-awaited offensive

Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul fell to IS in the summer of 2014

AP/PTI  |  Khazer, Iraq 

The long-awaited offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group has begun with a volley of US-led coalition airstrikes and heavy artillery bombardments on a cluster of villages along the edge of Iraq's historic Nineveh plain east of the militant-held city. Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga fighters led the initial assault yesterday, advancing slowly across open fields littered with booby-trapped explosives as plumes of black and orange smoke rose overhead - the opening phase of an unprecedented campaign expected to take weeks if not months, and involve more than 25,000 ...

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First Published: Tue, October 18 2016. 09:57 IST
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