U.S., Iraq preparing for assault to recapture Mosul: WSJ

January 23, 2015 2:25 AM

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U.S., Iraq preparing for assault to recapture Mosul: WSJ

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Iraq have started preparing for an offensive by summer to recapture the Iraqi city of Mosul, which was taken by Islamic State militants last June, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Preparations include selecting and training military units for the planned assault and cutting supply lines to Islamic State fighters, General Lloyd Austin, head of the U.S. military's Central Command, told the Journal.

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