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The first results of the operation against Daesh in the Iraqi city of Mosul are encouraging, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said on Tuesday.
The secretary made the comment during his opening remarks at the counter-Daesh ministerial in Paris, hosted by French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and President Francois Hollande.
On October 17, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced the start of a military operation to retake Mosul from Daesh, a jihadist group outlawed in a number of countries.
According to reports, about 30,000 Iraqi soldiers and 4,000 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are taking part in the operation, backed by airstrikes carried out by the US-led international coalition. US media reported on Monday that American troops embedded with Iraqi forces, are now pushing toward Mosul’s city center.
2016.10.25 / 20:54