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Iraq aims to retake key Shiite town in hours

Shiite volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) who have taken over Mosul and other northern provinces, gesture with their weapons from a truck in Baghdad, June 18, 2014. (REUTERS/Ahmed Saad)

BAGHDAD: Iraq aims to complete the "liberation" of the strategic northern Shiite town of Tal Afar from militants in a matter of hours, a security spokesman said Wednesday.

Security forces plan to accomplish "the liberation of the entire town by dawn Thursday," the spokesman said, after which they will head for militant-held areas in the city of Mosul, to its east.

 

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