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Anti-Daesh Coalition Offensive to Retake Mosul ‘Already Started’

© AP Photo / UncreditedIslamic State militants parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces vehicle on a main road at the northern city of Mosul.
Islamic State militants parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces vehicle on a main road at the northern city of Mosul. - Sputnik International
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An offensive to reclaim Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul from Daesh has begun, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Daesh Brett McGurk said.

WASHINGOTN (Sputnik) — In January, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Steve Warren estimated that the US-led coalition against Daesh would need to train at least ten brigades of Iraqi security forces to retake Mosul. Warren admitted it would take many months before the coalition could launch an offensive.

"It’s already started," Newsweek reported McGurk as saying in a speech on Wednesday at the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani. "It’s a slow, steady squeeze."

A Kurdish fighter from the Popular Protection Units (YPG) is pictured in the majority-Kurdish Sheikh Maqsud district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on April 21, 2013. - Sputnik International
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Last June, Daesh took hold of Mosul and seized the country’s largest dam, which is now at risk of collapsing and causing a major humanitarian catastrophe.

The US-led coalition has been launching airstrikes against Daesh positions in Iraq since August 2014. The terror group has occupied large areas of land in Iraq as well as Syria and proclaimed an Islamic caliphate there.

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