February 19, 2017

Iraq begins military operation targeting western Mosul

The UN says it is now a race against the clock to prepare for the displacement of civilians as Iraqi troops begin an offensive on western Mosul.

There are about 750,000 people trapped in the city Government troops and their allies retook last month the eastern side of Mosul, the last major ISIL stronghold in Iraq.

Al Jazeera’s Osama Bin Javaid reports from Erbil in northern Iraq.

Al Jazeera

- Iraqi army launches operation to retake western Mosul from 'Islamic State' (video) - DW
- Will the latest Iraqi offensive mean the end of ISIL in Mosul? – Inside Story (video) - Al Jazeera

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