Iraq’s Mosul can be retaken from IS this year: US general

After retaking Fallujah in June, Iraqi security forces are focused on Mosul, the Islamic State group's de facto capital in the countryCoalition-backed Iraqi forces can retake the key northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group by the end of the year, the commander of US forces in the Middle East said Tuesday. "It's the prime minister's objective to have that done by the end of the year," General Joe Votel, head of the US military's Central Command, told reporters in a video call. The US-led coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria for the past two years has for months framed the upcoming battle for Mosul as the defining fight against the jihadists in Iraq.


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