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In Mosul Fight, Winter Delays Slow Push to Tal Afar

More than two and a half years ago, IS militants captured the Iraqi village of Bashmana, saying they were "liberating" the population from the government, before destroying lives and livelihoods. About two months ago, Iraqi forces, including Shia militias, known here as Hashd Shaabi, or Popular Mobilization forces, recaptured the village and it is now slowly coming back to life. On the other side of Mosul, the epicenter of the battle to retake Iraq from Islamic State...

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