Iraqi security forces gather on the outskirt of Al Qayyarah, Iraq, August 15, 2016.REUTERS/Stringer
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Iraqi forces Wednesday closed in on the center of Qayyarah, officials said, on the second day of an operation to recapture the town from extremists.Qayyarah lies on the western bank of the Tigris river, about 60 kilometers (35 miles) south of Mosul, ISIS's last major urban stronghold in Iraq. Brigadier General Najm al-Juburi from the operations command for Nineveh, the province in which both Qayyarah and Mosul are located, said the town was now encircled. Iraqi security forces have been operating in the area for weeks, as part of shaping operations for a major offensive on the city of Mosul in the coming weeks or months.
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