Key Iraqi battle to liberate Mosul planned for spring

February 20, 2015 12:28 AM

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WASHINGTON – A major offensive to retake Iraq's second-largest city from Islamic State militants is tentatively planned to begin in April or May and will involve 20,000 to 25,000 Iraqi troops, a U.S. Central Command official said Thursday.

The Mosul offensive would be the most decisive ground battle of the Iraq campaign against the Islamic State, which has seized large swaths of the country.

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