UPDATE 1-Iraqi forces open second front south of Islamic State-held Mosul

June 18, 2016 7:04 PM

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* Clashes in Falluja day after government declared victory (Adds Abadi statement, coalition spokesman comments)

TIKRIT/FALLUJA, Iraq, June 18 Iraqi forces opened a second front on Saturday in preparation for an assault on the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, a day after government troops declared victory over the militants in Falluja.

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