Iraqi forces recapture airbase south of Mosul: military sources

July 9, 2016 12:47 PM

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BAGHDAD Iraqi government forces on Saturday took control of an airbase they plan to use as a launchpad for an offensive on Mosul, the de-facto capital of the Islamic State group, military sources said.

Regular and special forces of the Iraqi army entered the Qayyara airbase from the south, under air cover from the U.S.-led coalition, they said.

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