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Nov. 7, 2016

Isolation, Liberation of Raqqa Key in Defeating ISIL, Pentagon Spokesman Says

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said the isolation and liberation of the Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are key in efforts to ultimately defeat the terrorists.

Nov. 3, 2016

'Steady Progress' As Some Iraqi Forces Reach Mosul, OIR Official Says

A spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve said Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are gaining ground in the battle for Mosul, with some forces reaching the northern Iraqi city.

Oct. 27, 2016

Iraqi, Kurdish Forces Approaching Outskirts of Mosul

Pentagon Press Operations director Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters Iraqi and Kurdish forces are about 5 miles from Mosul’s outskirts and are clearing towns and villages to the north, east and south of Iraq’s second-largest city.

Oct. 26, 2016

OIR Commander Cites Momentum in Mosul Push; Raqqa Isolation to Begin 'Soon'

Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, told Pentagon reporters that Iraqi forces continue to make steady progress in the effort to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Oct. 23, 2016

Carter Meets With Iraqi Prime Minister, Addresses Troops in Baghdad

Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad and spoke with troops there about the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and the ongoing military campaign to retake the city of Mosul.

Oct. 18, 2016

Iraqi Troops Advance Toward Mosul as ISIL Tries to Hide Movements

Iraqi and Kurdish peshmerga security forces are working together as they advance along several axes to liberate Mosul, Iraq, from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant control, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, director of Pentagon press operations said.

Oct. 17, 2016

Dunford Hosts Chiefs of Defense to Discuss Counter-Extremism Strategy

The defense chiefs from 43 nations and the commanders of the U.S. combatant commands joined Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at Joint Base Andrews, Md., for a discussion on the global strategy to defeat violent extremism.

Oct. 17, 2016

Iraqi Forces Begin Battle for Mosul

Iraqi Forces have begun their counter-attack to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, according to a statement released by Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials.

Oct. 12, 2016

Liberating Mosul Will Be Iraq’s Biggest Fight, OIR Spokesman Says

The size of Iraq’s second-largest city will make the liberation of Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s two-year grip the largest mission Iraqi security forces have undertaken against the enemy, the spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said.

Sept. 29, 2016

Coalition Shapes Mosul Fight by Removing ISIL Leaders From Battlefield

Air Force Col. John Dorrian told reporters that the coalition supporting the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is helping to shape the Iraqi forces’ upcoming battle for Mosul, Iraq, by targeting ISIL leaders.