Alliances Solidify as Islamic State Falters Ahead of Mosul Offensive

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Forces on all sides of the sectarian divide are aligning against the Islamic State in Iraq ahead of the much anticipated and well-telegraphed effort to retake the northern city of Mosul.

Last week Iraqi forces, with the help of U.S.-led airstrikes, retook the northern district of Shirqat, bringing an Iraqi army once near complete dissolution to the doorstep of the Islamic State’s stronghold in Iraq.

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