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Iraqis Gain Ground Around Mosul as Islamic State Fight Intensifies

Iraqi forces have regained more than 800 square kilometers of territory from Islamic State since the fight to retake Mosul began last week, U.S. officials said Monday. Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis says the significant gains include Bartella, about 30 kilometers east of Mosul’s city center, which is now in the process of being cleared. “This is probably the point on the map you could say is closest geographically [to Mosul],” Davis told reporters Monday at the...

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