Iraq Launches Operation to Retake Mosul

By John Lee.

Iraqi forces have launched an operation to retake Mosul from so-called Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh), which seized the city in June 2014.

Iraqi military sources say the first part of the long-awaited offensive has recaptured several villages.

The aim, according to a BBC report, is to retake Mosul within the year.

The offensive is being supported by air strikes from the US-led coalition.

(Sources: BBC News, Deutsche Welle, BasNews)

(Mosul image via Shutterstock)

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