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Iraqi federal police forces take on key role in west Mosul

Federal police forces are playing a crucial role in the liberation of Mosul, which will give them an opportunity to maintain security in the city after completing the liberation.
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MOSUL, Iraq — As the battle continues for the liberation of the remainder of Mosul from the Islamic State (IS), forces answering to the Interior Ministry have been playing more of a central role than those under the Defense Ministry.

Al-Monitor was told while visiting the front in western Mosul in mid-March that the army, under whose authority fighting wars would normally fall, has acted more as a holding force in many areas.

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