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As Iraqi government forces close in on Mosul, Islamic State tries to create a diversion

As Iraqi government forces close in on Mosul, Islamic State tries to create a diversion

Iraqi government forces came within six miles of Mosul’s outskirts on Sunday, carrying out an essential piece of the campaign to retake Islamic State’s primary stronghold in the country.

Kurdish peshmerga troops launched fresh attacks against Islamic State positions northeast of the city, officials said, even as the extremist group apparently tried to create a diversion by assaulting a strategic town close to the border with Jordan.

Kurdish fighters cordoned off villages and secured parts of an important highway roughly eight miles northeast of Mosul, denying the jihadists the ability...

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