Iraq Army Takes Key Town on Road to Mosul From Islamic State

August 25, 2016 11:53 AM

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The Iraqi prime minister says his country's forces have retaken the key town of Qayara, near a major air base south of Mosul, from the Islamic State group.

Haider al-Abadi says the victory marks was an "important step" on the road to Mosul, Iraq's second-largest which has been in IS hands for over two years now. The statement was released by al-Abadi's office on Thursday.

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