DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. February 23, 2017, 11:34 AM (IDT)
US-trained Iraqi police forces captured the majority of Mosul's international airport, including its only runway, from ISIS on Thursday. US military spokesman John Dorrian said at a press briefing in Baghdad the previous day that there are estimated to be between 1,000 and 3,000 ISIS fighters in Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city. On Monday, a senior US commander in Iraq said that “Mosul would be a tough fight for any army in the world”.
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