Iraq forces eye Mosul after Fallujah breakthrough – minister


KIRKUK, Iraq: Iraqi forces renewed their offensive against the Islamic State group around second city Mosul on Saturday after driving the jihadists out of most of Fallujah, the defense minister said. Mosul is the last major urban center in Iraq still under IS control after Iraqi forces raised the national flag over government headquarters in the heart of Fallujah on Friday. Iraqi commanders announced the launch of an offensive to retake Mosul and surrounding Nineveh province in March but under domestic political pressure the government diverted its forces to Fallujah, just west of Baghdad, last month.



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