World Bulletin / News Desk
An operation to retake Mosul from the terrorist organization ISIL has begun early Thursday, the Iraqi government said.
The war media network of Iraq's Defense Ministry announced that forces under the control of the Joint Mosul Command had started the first phase of its Operation Conquest.
Several villages around the city of Mosul have reportedly already been retaken from the organization.
Iraq has been dogged by a vicious security vacuum since mid-2014, when ISIL overran Mosul – the country’s second-largest city – and declared a self-styled “caliphate” in parts of Iraq and Syria.Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Mart 2016, 10:12