Iraqi Prime Minister: Operation by coalition forces to free Mosul from ISIS control is going faster than expected

KHAZER, Iraq (AP) – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that the operation by coalition forces to free Mosul from the radical Islamic terrorist group ISIS is going faster than expected.
“The fighting forces are currently pushing forward toward the town more quickly that we thought and more quickly than we had established in our plan for this campaign,”
he said via teleconference to a high-level meeting on Mosul in Paris.
During the recent push into Mosul Islamic State militants have unleashed at least four suicide car bombs against Iraqi special forces as they advanced into Mosul.

One of the car bombs exploded after being shot by a tank.

It was not immediately clear if anyone was killed or wounded in the attacks.

Iraqi special forces charged into battle early Thursday, joining a massive operation to retake the IS-held city of Mosul.

The fighting is concentrated in largely uninhabited villages on the outskirts of the city.

Although Iraqi forces are moving faster than expected, it is unclear when or if the Kurdish Iraqi coalition forces will retake Mosul.

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