Operation launched against Islamic State near base where U.S. Marine killed

March 24, 2016 11:37 AM

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Operation launched against Islamic State near base where U.S. Marine killed

BEIRUT — Iraqi forces backed by American airstrikes opened an operation Thursday seeking to drive the Islamic State out of a string of northern villages where U.S. troops twice came under attack over the past week and a U.S. Marine was killed.

Iraqi officials said it was the prelude to an offensive aimed at recapturing Mosul, the biggest city under Islamic State control and a longstanding priority for the Pentagon.

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