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Mosul Liberation Goes as Scheduled, Daesh Refuses to Budge

© AP Photo / Khalid MohammedIraqi special forces prepare to attack Islamic State positions as fighting to retake the extremist-held city of Mosul enters its second week, in the village of Tob Zawa, outside Mosul, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016
Iraqi special forces prepare to attack Islamic State positions as fighting to retake the extremist-held city of Mosul enters its second week, in the village of Tob Zawa, outside Mosul, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The Iraqi armed forces' campaign to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Daesh terrorist group is going in accordance with the schedule, Le Figaro reported Tuesday, citing the French Defense Ministry.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Le Figaro newspaper, the operation, launched last week, goes in accordance with the initial plan, though, it could take weeks or months to liberate the city, as the militants are not going to give in.

"If they [jihadists] wanted to leave the area, they would have already done this," a Defense Ministry official said as quoted by the media outlet.

Iraqi forces gather in the al-Shura area, south of Mosul, on October 24, 2016, during an operation to retake the main hub city from the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists - Sputnik International
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On October 17, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced the start of the military operation to retake Mosul from Daesh, outlawed in Russia. According to local media, about 30,000 Iraqi soldiers and 4,000 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are taking part in the operation, backed by airstrikes carried out by the US-led international coalition.

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