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Why The Massive U.S.-Backed Mosul Offensive Matters

An immense U.S.-backed offensive is underway to take back Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, from the Islamic State militants that occupy it. Tens of thousands of troops from various government forces and militias are involved in the push, which finally began this week after a lengthy preparation. The battle for Mosul is seen as one of the most important steps in regaining the Syrian and Iraqi territory which ISIS seized during its rapid advance in 2014.
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