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Iraqi Forces Launch Major Push to Liberate Western Mosul From Daesh

© REUTERS / Khalid al MousilyIraqi security forces advance towards the western side of Mosul, Iraq February 19, 2017.
Iraqi security forces advance towards the western side of Mosul, Iraq February 19, 2017. - Sputnik International
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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced on Sunday the start of the operation to liberate the western part of the city of Mosul from Daesh terrorists.

"Iraqi Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Dr. Haider Al-Abadi announced the start operations to liberate the western part of Mosul," the Media Office of the Iraqi Prime Minister said on Twitter.

This July 5, 2014 photo shows an image grab taken from a propaganda video released by al-Furqan Media allegedly showing the leader of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, adressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul - Sputnik International
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On Friday, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said that some 5,000 Iraqis had finished months-long training to join the campaign to liberate Mosul and fight against the terrorists holding the city.

Iraqi and US-led coalition forces liberated the eastern part of the city in January.

Last October, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced the start of the military operation to retake Mosul from Daesh militants. Iraqi troops and their allies, including local Sunni militias and the US-led coalition against Daesh, are involved in the offensive.

The US-led coalition of 68 nations is conducting airstrikes against Daesh in Syria and Iraq.

Daesh is outlawed in the United States, Russia and numerous other countries.

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