Iraqi troops move into last mil­i­tant strong­hold in Mo­sul

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BAGH­DAD | U.S.-backed Iraqi troops pushed into the last Is­lamic State strong­hold in Mo­sul on Sun­day, an Iraqi com­man­der said, for­mally launch­ing the fi­nal ma­jor bat­tle of an eight-month cam­paign to drive the mil­i­tants from Iraq’s sec­ond largest city.

Is­lamic State cap­tured Mo­sul when it swept across north­ern and cen­tral Iraq in the sum­mer of 2014. Iraq launched a mas­sive op­er­a­tion to re­take the city in Oc­to­ber, and has driven the mil­i­tants from all but a hand­ful of neigh­bor­hoods. The ex­trem­ists are ex­pected to make their last stand in the Old City, a densely pop­u­lated quar­ter with nar­row, wind­ing al­leys.

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