An Iraqi army tank is seen in Fallujah, 50 kilometers from the capital Baghdad, after Iraqi forces retook the embattled city from the Islamic State group on June 26, 2016. AFP / HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI
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Iraq's military said it advanced through northern villages held by Daesh Wednesday, on its way to an airfield that could serve as the staging ground for a future offensive on Mosul, the biggest city held by the militants.Army and counterterrorism forces Tuesday recaptured Telal al-Baj, about 260 km north of Baghdad on the main north-south road, a senior commander participating in the offensive told Reuters.The troops are now around 45 km from the air base at Qayara, less than two weeks after they set out from the refinery town of Beiji, military officials said.The United States Wednesday extended a $2.7-billion credit facility to Iraq for the purchase of military equipment.
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