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August 22, 2017

Iraq

Iraqi forces preparing advance on south Mosul

By John Davison and Dominic Evans SOUTH OF MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi security forces are preparing to advance towards Mosul airport on the city’s southern edge to increase pressure on Islamic State militants fighting troops who breached their eastern defences, officers said on Thursday. The rapid response forces, part of a coalition seeking to

Iraqi forces push deeper into eastern Mosul

By Michael Georgy MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi special forces said they recaptured six districts of eastern Mosul on Friday, expanding the army’s foothold in the Islamic State bastion a day after its leader told his jihadist followers there could be no retreat. An officer in the elite Counter-Terrorism Service, which has spearheaded the Mosul

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