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Mosul offensive going faster than planned: Iraq's al-Abadi

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 01:19

The offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State is going faster than planned, Iraq's prime minister said on Thursday, as Iraqi and Kurdish forces launched a new military operation to clear villages around the city. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Iraqi and Kurdish forces launched yet another wave of attacks on their way to Mosul on Thursday. It began with howitzer and mortar assaults at around 6 a.m., hitting Islamic State-held villages north and east of Mosul. Kurdish soldiers say IS is hardly putting up a fight. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) KURDISH SOLDIER, AHMED MIDHAT ABDULLAH, SAYING: "They are retreating to Mosul and to Syria. They gave no resistance." Islamic State seized Mosul two years ago. But now after months of planning, Iraqi troops, Kurdish peshmerga forces and the U.S.-led coalition are paving the way for the city's liberation. In a video conference to world leaders in Paris, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he's pleased with the pace. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) IRAQI PRIME MINISTER, HAIDER AL-ABADI, SAYING (VIA VIDEO LINK FROM BAGHDAD, IRAQ): "The fighting forces are currently pushing forward towards the town more quickly than we thought and more quickly certainly than we had established in our plan of campaign." The battle was originally expected to last weeks or possibly months, though at its current pace, officials believe the mission could be completed much more quickly.

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Mosul offensive going faster than planned: Iraq's al-Abadi

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 01:19