A car bomb explodes next to Iraqi special forces armored vehicles as they advance toward Daesh-held territory in Mosul. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Iraqi Shiite militias said Wednesday they had driven Daesh (ISIS) fighters from an air base west of Mosul, a victory that would threaten the Sunni group's supply route from Syria to its last major stronghold in Iraq.Tal Afar lies about 60 km west of Mosul on the main road to Syria.While the Shiite coalition is fighting Daesh west of Mosul, regular army and police units are trying to advance from the other sides, backed by Kurdish peshmerga fighters deployed in the north and the east.Iraqi military estimates put the number of Daesh fighters in the city at 5,000 to 6,000 . Facing them is a 100,000-strong coalition of Iraqi government forces, Kurdish fighters and Shiite paramilitary units.
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