The Wall Street Journal: Iraqi forces begin offensive to retake Mosul from ISIS

A diverse coalition of Iraqi forces launched a long-awaited offensive against Islamic State in Mosul, one of the last major cities still controlled by the militant group.

In a nationally televised announcement early Monday, Iraq time, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the push to take back Iraq’s second-largest city.

Reclaiming Mosul is seen as essential to the broader battle against Islamic State. The group has suffered a string of losses lately in its self-declared caliphate, including on Sunday, when Syrian rebels backed by Turkey and the U.S. drove the militants from the Syrian town of Dabiq.

The assault on Mosul comes after months during which Iraqi forces have tried to capitalize on discontent with Islamic State’s harsh rule to turn locals against the group and seek aid for Iraqi forces.

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