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Iraqi security forces attack Mosul airport

5:01am EST - 00:51

U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul attack the city's airport and a nearby military base. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul stormed the city's airport and a nearby military base on Thursday, state television said. After ousting the militant group from eastern Mosul last month, Iraqi forces have sought to capture the airport and use it as a launchpad for an onslaught into the west of Iraq's second-largest city. The airport and military complex, which includes barracks and training grounds and sprawls across an area close to the Baghdad-Mosul highway was captured by Islamic State fighters when they overran Mosul in June 2014.

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Iraqi security forces attack Mosul airport

5:01am EST - 00:51