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Iraq forces retake key town south of Mosul

Iraqi government forces and the elite counter-terrorism service (CTS) members drive through the northern town of Qayyarah on August 24, 2016, after they took key positions in the centre from Islamic State (IS) group jihadistsIraqi forces on Thursday pushed the Islamic State group from Qayyarah, a northern town considered strategic for any future offensive against the jihadists’ last stronghold of Mosul. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi hailed the victory as a key step in the fight against IS but hours later suffered yet another political setback when lawmakers impeached his defence minister. Special forces, backed by US-led coalition air strikes, wrapped up a three-day operation to retake Qayyarah, a town located on the banks of the Tigris river.

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