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Obama: 'Mosul will be a difficult fight'

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President warned today of a tough battle ahead as Iraqi forces backed by a US-led coalition advance on Mosul to wrest the city from the Islamic State group.

Obama said the push to liberate the northern city, the jihadists' last stronghold in Iraq, now in its second day, was a "major step forward."



"I am confident that ISIL will be defeated in Mosul and that will be another step toward their ultimate destruction," he told a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, using an acronym for the jihadist group.

But the US leader warned of a challenging road ahead.

"Mosul will be a difficult fight. There will be advances and there will be setbacks," Obama said.

"Perhaps one million civilians are still living there," Obama added. "In addition to rooting out ISIL, our focus is on the safety and humanitarian aid for civilians escaping the fight. That will be a top priority for both our governments.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Obama: 'Mosul will be a difficult fight'

President Barack Obama warned today of a tough battle ahead as Iraqi forces backed by a US-led coalition advance on Mosul to wrest the city from the Islamic State group. Obama said the push to liberate the northern city, the jihadists' last stronghold in Iraq, now in its second day, was a "major step forward." "I am confident that ISIL will be defeated in Mosul and that will be another step toward their ultimate destruction," he told a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, using an acronym for the jihadist group. But the US leader warned of a challenging road ahead. "Mosul will be a difficult fight. There will be advances and there will be setbacks," Obama said. "Perhaps one million civilians are still living there," Obama added. "In addition to rooting out ISIL, our focus is on the safety and humanitarian aid for civilians escaping the fight. That will be a top priority for both our governments. President warned today of a tough battle ahead as Iraqi forces backed by a US-led coalition advance on Mosul to wrest the city from the Islamic State group.

Obama said the push to liberate the northern city, the jihadists' last stronghold in Iraq, now in its second day, was a "major step forward."

"I am confident that ISIL will be defeated in Mosul and that will be another step toward their ultimate destruction," he told a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, using an acronym for the jihadist group.

But the US leader warned of a challenging road ahead.

"Mosul will be a difficult fight. There will be advances and there will be setbacks," Obama said.

"Perhaps one million civilians are still living there," Obama added. "In addition to rooting out ISIL, our focus is on the safety and humanitarian aid for civilians escaping the fight. That will be a top priority for both our governments.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Obama: 'Mosul will be a difficult fight'

President warned today of a tough battle ahead as Iraqi forces backed by a US-led coalition advance on Mosul to wrest the city from the Islamic State group.

Obama said the push to liberate the northern city, the jihadists' last stronghold in Iraq, now in its second day, was a "major step forward."

"I am confident that ISIL will be defeated in Mosul and that will be another step toward their ultimate destruction," he told a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, using an acronym for the jihadist group.

But the US leader warned of a challenging road ahead.

"Mosul will be a difficult fight. There will be advances and there will be setbacks," Obama said.

"Perhaps one million civilians are still living there," Obama added. "In addition to rooting out ISIL, our focus is on the safety and humanitarian aid for civilians escaping the fight. That will be a top priority for both our governments.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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