Reuters: Shi'ite militias launch offensive to seal off western Mosul
Iraqi Shi'ite militias said on Saturday they had launched an offensive towards the west of Mosul, an operation that would tighten the noose around Islamic State's Iraq stronghold but could inflame sectarian tension in the mainly Sunni region.
The battle for Mosul is expected to be the biggest in the 13 years of turmoil unleashed in Iraq by the 2003 U.S.-led invasion which toppled former president Saddam Hussein, a Sunni Muslim, and brought Iraq's majority Shi'ite Muslims to power.
A spokesman for the Shi'ite militias, known as the Hashid Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) forces, said thousands of fighters "started operations this morning to clean up the hotbeds of Daesh (Islamic State) in the western parts of Mosul".
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Iraq forces launch operation to cut Mosul off from Syria -- AFP
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Mosul: Iraqi forces push closer towards war-torn city -- ABC News Online
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Iraqi Shia militias begin Tel Afar offensive -- Middle East Monitor
Iran backed Shiite militia launches operation in Tal Afar to cut supply lines from Syria to Mosul -- Daily Sabah
Iraqi Shia Militia Opens Front Against Daesh West of Mosul -- Sputnik
The fight for Mosul moves closer to Tal Afar -- Euronews
Shia militias open new front in battle for Mosul -- Al Jazeera
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