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Iraqi special forces join forces to retake Mosul from Islamic State

Speed News Desk | First published: 20 October 2016, 20:01 IST
Iraqi special forces join forces to retake Mosul from Islamic State
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Iraqi special forces charged into the Mosul battle with a pre-dawn advance on a nearby town held by ISIS.

According to reports, the elite counter-terrorism forces advanced on the town of Bartalla with the aid of US-led coalition airstrikes to retake Iraq's second-largest city.

The special forces are expected to lead the way into Mosul, where IS militants are preparing for a climactic battle.

The offensive is the largest operation launched by Iraqi forces since the 2003 US-led invasion. It is expected to take weeks, if not months.

The Kurdish forces known as Peshmerga, who are also taking part in the offensive, announced a "large-scale operation" to the north and northeast of Mosul.

First published: 20 October 2016, 20:01 IST
 
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