Iraqi forces launch assault on Mosul Old City

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MOSUL, Iraq: Iraqi forces on Sunday launched an assault to retake Mosul’s Old City and push out the Islamic State group, three years after the jihadists seized the city and announced their “caliphate.” “The army, counter-terrorism forces and federal police launched an attack on the Old City,” Staff Lieutenant General Abdulamir Yarallah said in a statement. Staff Lieutenant General Abdulwahab al-Saadi, a senior commander with the Counter-Terrorism Service, confirmed the “start of the assault on the Old City.” Iraqi forces backed by air strikes from a US-led coalition are pressing an offensive to retake the Old City on the west side of the city from the jihadists.

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