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Thu Mar 24, 2016, 04:21 AM

Iraqi army starts offensive in region around Mosul, State TV says

Source: Reuters

Iraq's armed forces started an offensive against Islamic State on Thursday in the region around Mosul with air cover from the U.S.-led coalition, pushing the militants out of several villages, according to a military statement read on state TV.

The offensive is the first phase of an operation that the Iraqi government aims to conclude this year with the capture of Mosul, the largest city in the north of the country.

"The first phase of the Fatah (Conquest) Operation has been launched at dawn to liberate Nineveh, raising the Iraqi flag in several villages," said the military statement.

Mosul, home to around 2 million people before it fell to Islamic State during a lightning offensive in 2014, is by far the biggest city ruled by the jihadist group in either Iraq or Syria. An Iraqi offensive to recapture it, backed by air strikes and advisers from a U.S.-led coalition, would be the biggest counterattack ever mounted against the group.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-mosul-idUSKCN0WQ0IR



#BREAKING Iraq launches operation to retake second city Mosul from IS: army
https://twitter.com/AFP/status/712915449449750528

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MowCowWhoHow III Mar 2016 OP
romanic Mar 2016 #1
DetlefK Mar 2016 #2
JustABozoOnThisBus Mar 2016 #3
tabasco Mar 2016 #4

Response to MowCowWhoHow III (Original post)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 06:21 AM

1. Good luck.

I hope they succeed.

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Thu Mar 24, 2016, 07:25 AM

2. Mosul is sunni territory. The iraqi forces should remember that when building local loyalty.

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Response to DetlefK (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 04:44 PM

3. I think the Iraqi govt and army are now Shiite.

I don't expect much in the way of "mercy" or "hearts & minds".

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Thu Mar 24, 2016, 04:57 PM

4. Godspeed, Iraqi Army!

 

ISIS and their "caliphate" must be destroyed completely!

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