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Battle for Mosul could take 'months': French minister

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned Tuesday that the battle to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group could take "months". "It could be a long battle, it's not a blitzkrieg... It's a lengthy affair (lasting) several weeks, maybe months," he told reporters in Paris a day after the offensive began. The long-awaited offensive on Mosul was launched on Monday, with some 30,000 forces involved in Iraq's largest military operation since the pullout of US troops in 2011.
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