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Iraq mounts new bid to retake cities under Islamic State militant control

Iraqi forces have launched a fresh offensive to retake cities controlled by the so-called Islamic State group.

Several campaigns are underway in the western province of Al-Anbar near the Syrian border.

According to officials, the first target of the operation is Aanah, followed by Rawa and Al Qaim (330 km north-west of Baghdad), the most western part of the country on the banks of the Euphrates River.

In its 12th week, the offensive has gained momentum since Iraqi forces backed by a US-led coalition renewed their push for Mosul a week ago, despite meeting fierce resistance in eastern districts.

The commander of the coalition, Lieutenant General Steve Townsend, says better coordination between army and security forces is greatly helping the effort.

“We’re seeing progress: before where we were seeing progress mostly on one main axis and halting progress on the others, now we’re actually seeing forward movement on all of the axes in eastern Mosul,” said Townsend.

Although vastly outnumbered by Iraqi forces, the Islamic State militants in Mosul have used the urban terrain to their advantage and have also embedded themselves among the local population.



Added: Jan-5-2017 
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  • @00:46 is that a friggin ferris wheel in the background?

    Holy shit I wanna ride that! I wanna ride that in the middle of a raging firefight with shit in the air everywhere.

    When I was 5 in 1973 I went to Disneyworld in Florida for the first time. Tickets cost different amounts for different rides, an "E" ticket being the most expensive best rides where everybody wanted to be.

    That's gotta be an E ticket ride!

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  • "Although vastly outnumbered by Iraqi forces, the Islamic State militants in Mosul have used the urban terrain to their advantage and have also embedded themselves among the local population."

    Ah, characteristically courageous, we see...

     

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    • @Drat Rosnec build a wall around the city to keep the bad elements in... use it like a city!
      they will pay for the wall... then, USA will re-route the oil and use it to MAKE AMERICA GREAT!
      (well, its already great here in America... MAKE AMERICA GREATER THAN EVER BEFORE!)

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  • So Obama lied about Victory in Iraq.

    And what about the promise of no boots on the ground.

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  • Yet the usual LL brainiacs insist that ISIS is a US-supported terrorist organization funded, trained, and armed by the US...ah...because a C130 accidentally dropped a resupply package to them.

    So what do these Einsteins think when they see contravening facts as these? Is this the time to make sweeping general dismissive insults and then quickly pull the cloak of cognitive dissonance over themselves?

    The "theory" that the US "supports" ISIS is about as dumb and asinine a More..

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  • Urban warfare is a bitch ..

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    • @Gotsumpnferya  yep, especially when these muzzie pussies hide among the local population....a simple solution to that is to build fortified watch towers in strategically placed positions to provide overwatch and secretly (SIGNET) record the movement of the population, that way you may spy, kill or capture the enemy.

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  • Everytime I hear a "news" organization call ISIS a "so-called Islamic State" I know that they are full of shit.

    Is there really any doubt that ISIS is the quintessential Islamic State? Stop lying to people.


     

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    • @Vityaz well who really knows what ISIS is?...

      Some including myself think that ISIS is American funded. Just think about it, without wars, WHAT THE FAK WOULD America do with its multi billion dollar war marchine?...

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  • Stalingrad barely took this long.

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  • Notice "townsend" speaks with DADT accent? How did US led coalition celebrate month of June? It is official Petagon LGBT Pride Month where they spend considerably more money on it than North Korea on their military pride parades. Did they by any chance do any of those color runs that they do on military bases situated on american soil that look identical to those religious festivals in temples in India?

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  • I seriously wonder where the Americans would be fighting and using their military tech if there was no Islam lol.

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    • @dontcomplain 

      Invading its weaker neighbor like Russia.

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    • @dontcomplain probably still invade and start a political war, and sell weapons.

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    • @dontcomplain  ASIA

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    • @Smutten True. It's an empire and like most empires it has to do these sort of shit to keep itself going. It just bugs me how some people think the colonies in muslim lands are the problem...

      Honestly to me its almost like if I lived some 300 years back and thought that the black slaves were the problem... =s

      But I don't know, that's just what I think.

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    • @dontcomplain its alot more complicated than we think sometimes. We humans like to oversimplify things to make us feel better.
      "islam is the problem",  "The american foreign intervention is the problem" or " we should nuke the place and solve the problem"
      History repeats itself most of the time, so my best bet is to be well read on history and watch the politicians play.

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  • haha... no!
    Iraq is in a state of perpetual war hence-forth... that is until Trump Bombs the hell outta it and eliminates ISIS with the help of Russia... dont worry boys, there's enough iranian/kenyan-controlled oil left to go around!
    no worries...
    Daddy-Trump will soon be there to re-patriate the REAL Iraquis to their rightful lands (for a price!)

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  • "Mission Accomplished"

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  • Yawn! War Lite sucks!

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  • What they need to do is to get rid of the western terrorism states destabilizing Iraq ie; USA and the Western European ,this excremental mentality all they want is their natural resources and don't give a fuck about their population the Iraqi is been used and abused worst than dogs,I gess they slaughter the American enclave and slaughter their terrorism in Iraq.

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  • i sure hope that iraqis won't stop until Luton and Malmö are liberated.

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