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Forces operating in Iraq's Mosul theatre

A wide array of Iraqi and international forces are involved in the fight to retake Mosul from the Islamic State jihadist group, which overran the country's second city in 2014. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced early Monday that operations to retake Mosul had started. These are the main forces that may operate in the Mosul theatre, though not all will play a role in the fighting inside the city: - Islamic State group - Heavily-armed jihadists who have had years to prepare their defences in Mosul, which IS seized before sweeping through cities and towns to the south in 2014.
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