Iraqi forces move to retake Christian town

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— By FPJ Bureau
Qayyarah (Iraq) : Iraqi forces prepared to retake the country’s largest Christian town from the Islamic State group, a key milestone in their progress towards the jihadists’ main hub of Mosul, reports AFP. News of the move to recapture Qaraqosh sparked jubilation among Christians who had fled the town, with many dancing and singing in the city of Arbil.

Launched on Monday, the long-awaited advance on Mosul was making quick progress but US President Barack Obama joined a chorus of warnings the battle for ISIS’ last Iraqi stronghold would be tough. Officials have said the retaking of Mosul – in Iraq’s largest military operation in years – could take weeks or months and warned that the hundreds of thousands of civilians still in the city could be used as human shields.

Iraqi forces move to retake Christian town