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Iraqi troops to enter Mosul in ‘matter of hours,’ counter-terrorism chief says

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Hours after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the beginning of the offensive, Iraq's military said it had inflicted losses and made advances in the Hamdaniya district in Mosul. US military officials estimate there are up to 5,000 ISIS fighters in Mosul.

NEAR MOSUL, Iraq — Iraqi special forces are hundreds of meters from ISIS-controlled Mosul and will enter in a “matter of hours”, the country’s counter-terrorism chief said Monday.

“The soldiers of the Counterterrorism Force are advancing very fast. I wouldn’t say a matter of days but matter of hours before advancing and (to) start cleansing the city of Mosul from terrorism,” General Talib Shegati said in an interview with state-run Iraqiya TV.

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