Military assault on Iraqi city of Mosul could begin in April

February 21, 2015 6:12 AM

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A major military assault to take back the sprawling Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State militants could begin in April or May, after more Iraqi troops get training from U.S. advisers, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday.

The official, with U.S. Central Command, said in a conference call with reporters that smaller operations to lay the groundwork for the mission already have begun. The assault itself would amount to the largest ground offensive against the Islamic State since the group swept across much of Iraq last...

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