Iraq announces start of offensive to retake Mosul

October 16, 2016 11:14 PM

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Iraq announces start of offensive to retake Mosul

BAGHDAD Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of an offensive to retake Mosul, the capital of Islamic State's so-called caliphate in Iraq.

"The hour has come and the moment of great victory is near," he said in a speech on state TV, surrounded by the armed forces' top commanders. "I announce today the start of the operation to liberate the province of Nineveh."

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