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Iraqi, Kurdish Forces Prepare to Push IS From Strategic Town

Thousands of Iraqi and Kurdish forces are preparing for a looming battle to dislodge Islamic State (IS) fighters from Hawija, a predominantly Sunni town that is the militant group's largest stronghold in Iraq after Mosul. “We are fighting to save humanity, and with efforts of our heroes, we will enter and liberate Hawija people,” Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Friday during a visit to Kirkuk, about 30 miles east of Hawija. Home to about 115,000 people, Hawija came under...

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