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Thursday 21 September 2017

Iraqi forces launch anti-IS push west of Mosul

Iraqi special focus advance to their next position in Mosul (AP/Maya Alleruzzo)
Iraqi special focus advance to their next position in Mosul (AP/Maya Alleruzzo)

Iraq's Shiite-led militia force has launched an operation to retake a small village held by the Islamic State group west of the embattled city of Mosul.

The push, which began in the early hours of Friday, aims to further sever supply lines in and out of Mosul, said Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who heads the government-sanctioned militia forces known as the Popular Mobilisation Units.

Iraqi army, federal police and special forces, backed by the US-led coalition, are slowly retaking territory in Mosul where IS remains in control of a small cluster of neighbourhoods in the city's western half.

The operation to retake Mosul was launched in October and the city's east was declared liberated in January.

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