Displaced Iraqis who fled the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul stand in line to receive humanitarian aid supplies at Sewdinan 3 camp, east of Mosul, Iraq, January 24, 2017. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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The United Nations said Tuesday it is "racing against the clock" to prepare emergency aid for hundreds of thousands of endangered civilians in Mosul with an Iraqi army offensive looming to oust Daesh (ISIS) from the western half of the city.U.N. officials estimate 750,000 people remain in Mosul west of the Tigris River that flows through the last remaining major urban center held by Daesh in Iraq, after a series of government counteroffensives in the country's north and west.Military preparations to recapture western Mosul have begun, with the Popular Mobilization, a Shiite militia, preparing an operation in "the next two-three days" to pave the way for the main offensive on the western bank of the Tigris, the overall campaign commander, Lt. Gen. Abdel-Ameer Yarallah, told Mosuliya TV.
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