Iraq government forces retake key air base from ISIS

NY Daily News

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Iraqi government forces on Saturday recaptured an air base in northern Iraq from ISIS, a victory hailed by the prime minister as a key step ahead of the long-awaited operation to push the militants from the northern city of Mosul.

In a statement issued on his website, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi described the air base in the town of Qayara as an “important base to liberate Mosul” and called on the city’s residents “to get ready for the liberation of their areas.”

Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city — about 225 miles northwest of Baghdad — fell to ISIS militants during their summer 2014 onslaught.

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