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900 Islamic State fighters killed in Mosul battle: US


Arbil The United States said on Thursday up to 900 Islamic State group militants have been killed in the offensive to retake Iraq's Mosul, as camps around the city filled with fleeing civilians. Iraqis who fled their homes expressed joy at escaping IS's brutal rule as they were given shelter and assistance, in some cases reuniting with relatives they had not seen in more than two years. The offensive, launched on October 17, is seeing tens of thousands of Iraqi fighters advancing on Mosul in a bid to retake the last major Iraqi city under IS control. page 12