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February 12, 2017
UK sees IS being ousted from Iraq towns this year
Arbil, Iraq (AFP) Feb 11, 2017
British Defence Minister Michael Fallon said Saturday in Iraq that he expected to see the Islamic State group expelled from the country's major towns by the end of 2017. "We expect to see Daesh (IS) expelled from the major towns and cities of Iraq during the course of the year," he told reporters in Arbil, the capital of Iraq's northern autonomous region of Kurdistan. Iraqi forces are nearly four months into a massive operation to retake nearby Mosul, which is the country's second city and where ... read more

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Jihadist rule in Mosul sparked backlash against religion
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