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26 Jun 2017

Battle to liberate Mosul from IS ‘nearly over’

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

The Iraqi army says the battle to liberate Mosul from Islamic State militants will be over in just a “few days”. Despite a desperate counter-attack of suicide bombings, IS fighters are now thought to number just a few hundred and are holed up in a small area of the old city.

Over the border in Syria, the capital of the self-declared caliphate, Raqqa, is now almost completely surrounded by US-backed rebel forces. But as IS retreats, the scramble for control of Syria has entered a new and even more dangerous phase.