Mosul’s recapture to take ‘long time’

Baghdad

A prominent Hashd al-Shaabi commander on Monday acknowledged the difficulties associated with recapturing Mosul from ISIL, saying the operation would take “a long time” given fierce resistance by the extremist group.
In mid-October, the Iraqi military — backed by a U.S.-led anti-ISIL air coalition and local allies on the ground — launched a wide-ranging operation aimed at recapturing Mosul, which was overrun by the extremist group in mid-2014.
More than two months later, however, the Iraqi army, federal police and anti-extremism forces remain locked in “fierce fighting” to capture the city, Hadi al-Ameri, leader of the Badr faction (the largest faction of the Hashd al-Shaabi), was quoted as saying Monday by the Hashd al-Shaabi’s official website.—Agencies

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