Kurdish Forces Open Attack on Mosul From the North


NY Times

NAWARAN, Iraq — Kurdish forces opened a new front in the Iraqi campaign to recapture Mosul on Thursday morning as thousands of pesh merga fighters began to attack from the north.

The goal was to retake 27 villages from the Islamic State. The operation was larger than the one the pesh merga began Monday morning, when an attack was carried out from east of Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq.

Speaking by video link to a group of diplomats who were meeting in Paris to discuss the future of Mosul, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq said that forces were pushing into Mosul “more quickly than we thought and more quickly than we had programmed,” Reuters reported.

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