Iraqi forces begin assault to retake Mosul from Islamic State
Iraq announced the beginning of its offensive for the northern city of Mosul on Monday, embarking on the country’s biggest fight against Islamic State militants so far.
In a televised address, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi pledged to raise the Iraqi flag over the city once more, calling on local residents to cooperate with the advancing forces.
The U.S.-backed operation aims to push the militant group out of its de facto capital in Iraq. More than a million civilians are believed to be trapped inside the city.