Push for Iraq's Mosul to start in a few weeks: UK minister

In preparation for the assault, British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said that Iraqi forces were moving into a tactical assembly areaAn offensive to encircle Iraq’s second city of Mosul should begin “in the next few weeks”, Britain’s Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said Friday, after a visit to the country. Mosul has been held by Islamic State jihadists since June 2014 and British jets are part of a US-led coalition flying missions against them in Iraq and Syria. “Though Mosul is a large and complex city, it will fall and will fall soon.

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