WASH­ING­TON US gen­eral says Mo­sul will fall soon

The Myanmar Times - - World -

COALI­TION-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.

“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 the IS in Iraq and Syria has for months framed the up­com­ing bat­tle for Mo­sul as the defin­ing fight against the ji­hadists in Iraq.

Iraqi se­cu­rity forces, with coali­tion sup­port, have al­ready started “shap­ing op­er­a­tions” around Mo­sul, in­clud­ing the cap­ture of sur­round­ing vil­lages and fa­cil­i­ties. –

Photo: AFP

Turk­ish tanks 5 kilo­me­tres west of the Turk­ish Syr­ian bor­der city of Karkamis in the south­ern re­gion of Gaziantep drive to­ward the town of Jarab­u­lus in a file photo.

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