Iraqi army starts offensive in region around Mosul, State TV says

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s armed forces started on Thursday an offensive against Islamic State militants in the region around Mosul, pushing them out from several villages, according to a military statement on state TV.


The first phase of the Fatah (Conquest) Operation has been launched at dawn to liberate Nineveh, by liberating a number of villages and raising the Iraqi flag,” said the statement.

Mosul, the largest city in northern Iraq, fell to Islamic State two years ago.

It is the capital of the Nineveh province.