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Offensive to Retake Mosul from Islamic State Planned for April or May

A U.S. Central Command official says an Iraqi and Kurdish military force is being prepared to recapture the city of Mosul from Islamic State fighters, likely in April or May. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the force would amount to about 20,000 to 25,000 troops, while Mosul is currently being held by an estimated 2,000 Islamic State fighters. The official also said if the Iraqi forces are not ready at that time, the coalition has not “closed the door” on...

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