Thousands of Kurdish troops involved in the offensive to recapture villages, which are under the control of ISIS, officials said.
The Kurds under the leadership of the ground offensive, with the support of the international coalition from the air, which was launched early on Sunday morning to regain the several villages near Khazir, East of Mosul. The operation includes about 5500 soldiers.
This step combines the onset of the Kurdish forces and Iraqi troops is necessary to retake the city of Mosul, Kurdish media say.
"I am delighted to help launch the village today, because they are for the Kurds and for us," said senior Lieutenant Hemin Rashid, fighter
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