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Battle to retake Islamic State stronghold 'going very well'

17th October 2016
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Battle to retake Islamic State stronghold 'going very well'

The battle to retake control of the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State "is going very well", according to a military commander spearheading the offensive.

Convoys of Iraqi and Kurdish forces were pushing towards the east of the city on Monday, as US-led coalition airstrikes sent plumes of smoke into the air amid the sound of heavy artillery rounds.

Some 2,000 Iraqi special forces are being supported by four brigades of the regular Iraqi Army, 15,000 Sunni militia, 15,000 Kurdish Peshmerga and a few thousand Shia militia.

Phil Jones, a former senior officer for the military of defence who now resides in Mansfield said “I think this is the most significant part of the operation to get back the occupied territory from diesh. It’s a major offensive probably involving twenty-five to thirty-five thousand troops in all so this is a major step in the right direction.”  


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