The U.S. military releases video it says shows an airstrike on a pharmaceutical plant converted by Islamic State to make chemical weapons, near Mosul, Iraq. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
U.S. air strike on Islamic State facility in Mosul
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STORY: The U.S. military on Tuesday (September 13) released video showing U.S. forces conducting an air drop in an unspecified location in northern Iraq.
Coalition forces are preparing for late-year push to retake Mosul, the largest city under the control of hardline militant group Islamic State. American troops are establishing a logistics hub to the south, while the United Nations warns of the world’s most complex humanitarian operation this year.
Islamic State fighters have lost more than half the territory they seized in Iraq and nearly as much in neighboring Syria, but still manage to control their twin capitals of Mosul and Raqqa, symbols of the state they sought to build at the heart of the Middle East.
Mosul fell to Islamic State in June 2014 when Iraqi security forces, riddled with corruption and sectarianism despite billions of dollars in U.S. aid, dropped their weapons and fled from the insurgents.