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    US Sees No Exodus of Displaced People in Early Days of Offensive in Iraqi Mosul

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    The US-led coalition helping fight Daesh terrorist group has not detected a large number of people fleeing the Iraqi city of Mosul amid an offensive, Operation Inherent Resolve commander Gen. Gary Volesky told reporters Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — According to Iraqi media, about 30,000 of the 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.

    "Displaced people we were worried about initially — we have not seen a large numbers of displaced persons leaving these villages [near Mosul]," Volesky said at a Pentagon briefing.

    He explained that on a number of occasions since the anti-Daesh operation in Mosul began Monday, residents of nearby villages have helped Iraqi forces to locate Daesh fighters.

    On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced the start of the military operation to retake Mosul from Daesh militants. 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.

    Mosul, the second biggest Iraqi city, as well as a number of other northern and western Iraqi cities and towns, was seized in 2014 during an offensive of Daesh terrorists.

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