In shadow of Mosul fight, Iran establishes Nineveh foothold

In shadow of Mosul fight, Iran establishes Nineveh footholdBAGHDAD (AP) — While Iraq's conventional military has been slowly clearing the Islamic State group from inside Mosul's complex urban terrain, Iraq's Iran-backed Shiite paramilitary forces have been working their way through less glamorous territory: vast deserts west and south of the city that run along and across Iraq's border with Syria.



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