Iraq announces offensive against ISIS to retake Mosul

FILE - In this June 23, 2014, file photo, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq.  Asked to name the foreign policy issues that will be the most important to face the next president, the threat of terrorism and the Islamic State emerged as the most prominent by far. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this June 23, 2014, file photo, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. Asked to name the foreign policy issues that will be the most important to face the next president, the threat of terrorism and the Islamic State emerged as the most prominent by far. (AP Photo/File)

BAGHDAD (AP) – Iraqi state TV: Iraqi prime minister announces start of operations to liberate Mosul from IS.

State TV showed a brief written statement in the early hours Monday announcing the start of the widely anticipated military offensive to drive IS out of Iraq’s second largest city.

The push to retake Mosul will be the biggest military operation in Iraq since American troops left in 2011 and, if successful, the strongest blow yet to the Islamic State.

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