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Iraqi Forces Aim at Crucial Airbase in Final Fight Against IS

Iraqi forces, backed by U.S. coalition airstrikes and Apache attack helicopters, began moving Wednesday toward the crucial al Qayyarah airfield south of Mosul. Known as a “super-base,” the airfield has two major runways and previously was capable of handling fighter jets, helicopters and large U.S. transport planes. It lies just west of the Tigris river and of advancing Iraqi forces. “It is like the U.S. fight for Baghdad in 2003,” said one Iraqi commander speaking on the phone through...

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