CNBC: Iraq announces start Mosul ISIS offensive, backed by US-led coalition forces
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday announced the start of an offensive to retake Mosul, the capital of Islamic State's so-called caliphate in Iraq.
"I announce today the start of the heroic operations to free you from the terror and the oppression of Daesh," he said in a speech on state TV, using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.
"We will meet soon on the ground of Mosul to celebrate liberation and your salvation," he said, surrounded by the armed forces' top commanders.
The assault on Mosul is backed by the U.S.-led coalition and could be one of the biggest military operations in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.
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More News On The U.S. Role In The Liberation of Mosul
U.S.: Proud to stand with allies in offensive to retake Iraq's Mosul -- Reuters
US-led coalition increases airstrikes on militant-held Mosul -- AP
US Air Force begins massive aerial campaign over ISIS-held Mosul -- AMN
US military 'begins shelling' Daesh in Iraq's Mosul -- TRT
US Military Starts Shelling Daesh Positions in Iraqi Mosul -- Sputnik
US opposes PKK involvement in Mosul operation -- Huriyet Daily News
US takes Turkish concerns into account on Mosul assault: Minister -- Hurriyet Daily News
Mosul offensive poses key test for U.S. strategy against Islamic State -- Missy Ryan, Washington Post