Iraqi Prime Minister says military offensive to retake the city of Mosul from IS has begun

epa05588278 (FILE) A file picture dated 14 August 2016 shows Peshmerga forces leaving a base as they take part in an operation to liberate several villages from the control of the so-called Islamic State (IS or ISIS) militant group, southeast of Mosul, Iraq. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on 17 October 2016, that Iraqi forces started their military offensive to recapture the city of Mosul from IS. The operation, led by Kurdish Peshmerga, Iraqi government forces and allies, is backed by the US-led coalition. Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, fell under the jihadist militant group’s control in June 2014. EPA/ANDREA DICENZO

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