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An Iraqi investigative criminal court issued a warrant for Atheel al-Nujaifi, the commander of the Nineveh Guard, the Turkish-backed Sunni force formally known as the Hashd al-Watani, an Iraqi lawmaker said Oct. 20, Daily Sabah reported. The warrant accuses al-Nujaifi of violating Iraqi sovereignty by aiding Turkey, which has pushed for a more robust role in the operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State. Al-Nujaifi, who is also the former governor of Nineveh province, responded to news of the warrant with a Facebook post defending his need to protect his province and imploring Iraqi officials to wait until the Mosul operation is over before moving on the warrant. Going after al-Nujaifi, whose support for Turkey is critical for Ankara to justify its role in Mosul, is a creative way for Baghdad and Tehran to push back against Turkey. The news follows an Oct. 19 address by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus laying out five guidelines for Ankara's vision for Mosul, including that the city's demography should not be altered following the defeat of the Islamic State there and that Turkey's military presence at the Bashiqa camp just east of Mosul be maintained.

 

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Oct. 18: Coalition Forces Make Territorial Gains

October 18, 2016 | 19:58 GMT

Coalition forces have continued to make progress on the advance to Mosul. So far, around 20 villages and settlements have been wrested from the Islamic State, including Qarah Qosh (also known as Bakhdida), approximately 15 kilometers (9 miles) east of Mosul. Defensively, the Islamic State has been fighting a rearguard action, relying on ambushes and vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices to delay approaching forces.

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The main effort is to secure key mobility corridors, namely Highways 2 and 80 to the east. But the military thrust up Highway 1 from the south has begun in earnest. If the current rate of advance is maintained, Mosul could be surrounded on three sides in little over a week.

 

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To me Ethel sounds a lot like Maliki. Just trying to remain significant and possibly regain his job with the aid of an outside third party country. Using double speak he thinks the people will buy.

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To me Ethel sounds a lot like Maliki. Just trying to remain significant and possibly regain his job with the aid of an outside third party country. Using double speak he thinks the people will buy.

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