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World Iraq retakes Mosul airport against Islamic State

Iraq's special forces joined a major assault that started earlier this week to drive the Islamic State from Iraq's second-largest city.

REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Closely supported by the U.S.-led international coalition, Iraqi forces secured a series of cautious advances on Thursday, pushing into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, where they took control of the runway.

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