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Iraq: Refugees flee across the border to Syria from Mosul

4 19.10.2016 Инфо

Thousands of Iraqi refugees continued to flee across the the border to Syria, as the operation to retake Mosul from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) continues to escalate. Footage filmed on Wednesday shows refugees leaving for a makeshift camp near al-Hol. Local media report that over 5,000 people have crossed the border in the past two weeks.
Last Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the military operation to liberate the country’s second largest city. The self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) captured Mosul in 2014 and the offensive is now spearheaded by the Iraqi army and Kurdish militia, supported by a coalition led by the United States.
Mosul is the last major city in Iraq under the control of IS, and the army has recently been working towards its recapture by liberating nearby towns and cutting off supply routes to the militants who remain in the city. Mosul has been under the control of IS since June 2014.