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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Fight Against ISIS: Operation to retake Iraqi city from ISIS begins

An operation to recapture the city of Mosul the last stronghold of the Islamic state of Iraq has begun.

The combined Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi government forces last night began shelling the city, which has been held by ISIS since 2014.

Artillery began firing on the city early on Monday, in a long-awaited assault from Kurdish peshmerga, Iraqi government and allied forces.
Tanks are now moving towards the city, which has been held by IS since 2014.
The UN has expressed "extreme concern" for the safety of up to 1.5 million people in the area.
The BBC's Orla Guerin, who is with Kurdish forces east of Mosul, says tanks are advancing on the city, throwing up clouds of dust.

The US-led coalition fighting ISIS is backing the assault with air strikes, The operation is complex and analysts say it could last for weeks, if not months.
The start of the operation was announced by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in a televised address in the early hours of Monday (local time). "The hour of victory has come," he said.
"God willing we will meet in Mosul to celebrate the liberation and your salvation from Isis (IS) so we can live together once again, all religions united and together we shall defeat Daesh to rebuild this dear city of Mosul," Mr Abadi said.

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