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UN: 750,000 Civilians Remain in Western Mosul Ahead of Offensive

A senior U.N. official in Iraq said Wednesday that about 750,000 civilians were still trapped in the western part of Mosul, where the Islamic State group is in control. U.N. humanitarian coordinator Lise Grande told reporters via video from Irbil that the military offensive against the IS-controlled part of the city could "begin shortly," possibly within "weeks." She said Mosul had 1.5 million residents when the Iraqi army began its battle on October 17 to retake it...

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