Iraqi government forces drive a tank on June 22, 2016 some 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Qayyarah, during their operation to take the city and make it a launchpad for Mosul. AFP / Mahmud Saleh
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Iraq's military said it advanced through northern villages held by ISIS on Wednesday, on its way to an airfield which could serve as the staging ground for a future offensive on Mosul, the the biggest city held by the militants.Army and counter-terrorism forces recaptured Telol al-Baj, about 260 km (160 miles) north of Baghdad on the main north-south road on Tuesday, a senior commander participating in the offensive told Reuters. Upcoming military offensives in Iraq against ISIS, including an assault on Mosul, could displace at least 2.3 million people, a U.N. official said last week.
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