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Iraq Militias Push Into Western Mosul  02/22 06:17

   BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's government-sanctioned paramilitary forces, made up 
mainly of Shiite militiamen, have launched a new push to capture villages west 
of the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants.

   The forces' spokesman, Ahmed al-Asadi, said on Wednesday that the villages 
are located southwest of the town of Tal Afar, still held by the Islamic State 

   He didn't provide details but the move by the umbrella group of mostly 
Shiite militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces is likely coordinated 
with government effort to recapture western part of Mosul from IS.

   Iraqi government forces this week took a hilltop area overlooking the Mosul 
city airport.

   The Shiite militias already hold a small airport outside Tal Afar, which is 
s located some 93 miles (150 kilometers) east of the Syrian border.


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