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Shiite Militias Join Battle for Mosul

Iraqi forces advanced into a town south of Mosul Saturday as an Iraqi Shiite militia joined the offensive by opening up a new front to the west.   Iraqi troops approaching Mosul from the south advanced into Shura after a wave of U.S.-led airstrikes and artillery shelling against militant positions inside the town.   Commanders said most Islamic State fighters withdrew earlier this week, using civilians as human shields, but that U.S. airstrikes had disrupted the forced march,...

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