Iraqi PM announces offensive to 'liberate' western Mosul from ISIS

Iraq has launched an offensive to retake western Mosul from ISIS, prime minister Haider al-Abadi said Sunday morning.

"We announce the start of a new chapter of Mosul operations to liberate the right side of Nineveh [Mosul] as we did with the other part," Al-Abadi said in a televised address. "I declare to our brave forces to proceed with courage to liberate the other side of Mosul and to liberate its peoples from Daesh [ISIS] oppression forever."

Iraqi forces retook control of eastern Mosul from ISIS in January.

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About 178,000 civilians have been forced to flee to refugee camps because of the ongoing conflict in Mosul.

The Iraqi announcement comes one day after the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Syria Democratic Forces said that the predominantly-Kurdish SDF retook the northern Syrian village of Jawees from ISIS.



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