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Iraq Announces Start Of Offensive To Retake Mosul

By Maher Chmaytelli and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - 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.
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