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Kurdish Soldiers Report Initial Success in Battle to Re-take Mosul

Kurdish leaders reported some initial success as Iraqi forces launched a long-anticipated ground offensive Monday to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State militants. Since 6:00 a.m. local time, "200 square kilometers have been liberated" from Islamic State, according to Kurdish President Masoud Barzani, who spoke during a televised news conference. "Mosul will be liberated," Barzani said, adding that his fighters are doing their best to keep Mosul...

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