Offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State militants Iraqi government forces launched a U.S.-backed offensive on Monday to drive Islamic State from the northern city of Mosul, a high-stakes battle to retake the militants’ last major stronghold in the country. Two years after the jihadists seized the city of 1.5 million people and declared a caliphate from there encompassing tracts of Iraq and Syria, a force of some 30,000 Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Sunni tribal fighters began to advance. (Reuters) Photos: (from top) AP Photo/Bram Janssen, AP Photo, Azad Lashkari/Reuters (3) See more images of the Mosul offensive on Yahoo News

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Offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State militants Iraqi government forces launched a U.S.-backed offensive on Monday to drive Islamic State from the northern city of Mosul, a high-stakes battle to retake the militants’ last major stronghold in the country. Two years after the jihadists seized the city of 1.5 million people and declared a caliphate from there encompassing tracts of Iraq and Syria, a force of some 30,000 Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Sunni tribal fighters began to advance. (Reuters) Photos: (from top) AP Photo/Bram Janssen, AP Photo, Azad Lashkari/Reuters (3) 
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