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Battle to Retake Mosul from ISIS Control is Underway

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Published on October 2, 2019 -

Battle to Retake Mosul from ISIS Control is Underway

This morning the battle to re-take the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS control is underway.

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Battle to Retake Mosul from ISIS Control is Underway

Chad: around the world-- chad: this morning-- the battle to re-take the iraqi city of mosul from isis control is underway.

The u.s. military is providing air and ground support.

Defense secretary ashton carter says the mosul campaign is a "decisive moment" in the effort to defeat the islamic state.

Hena daniels has the latest on the operation.

Hena daniels/reporting: backed by a u-s led coalition - convoys of iraqi and kurdish forces moved in on mosul... iraq's second largest city.

Along the front lines..

Artillary fire?

Explosions from above?

And plumes of smoke on the ground.

Thousands of iraqi troops face what could be their toughest battle since the withdrawal of u.s. military forces nearly five years ago.

Mosul has been under the control of islamic state militants since june of 2014.

Isis fighters have reduced much of the city to rubble.

Lieutenant col.

Christopher d.

Payant: absolutely destroyed it.

Very methodically, very deliberately, from one end to the other, knocked down everything, destroyed everything possible.

The u.s. military commander in charge of the coalition said overnight the operation "may prove to be a long and tough battle, but the iraqis have prepared for it and we will stand by them."

Hena daniels cbs news chad: the united nations warns as many as 1 million people in mosul may be forced to flee the city.

The iraqi government has told civilians to stay inside their homes so they aren't caught in the cross fire...humanitarian groups have set up emergency camps nearby.

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