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U.S. ready to support Iraq in 'difficult fight ahead' for Mosul
October 17, 2016 / 1:46 AM / a year ago

U.S. ready to support Iraq in 'difficult fight ahead' for Mosul

WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) - The United States and the rest of the U.S.-led international coalition stand ready to support Iraq “in the difficult fight ahead,” U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Sunday as Baghdad announced its offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State.

“This is a decisive moment in the campaign to deliver ISIL a lasting defeat,” Carter said in a statement, using an acronym for Islamic State.

“We are confident our Iraqi partners will prevail against our common enemy and free Mosul and the rest of Iraq from ISIL’s hatred and brutality.”

Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Peter Cooney

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