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ISIL burns oil to block offensive of Iraqi forces

The US-led coalition with Iraqi troops and Kurdish peshmerga forces has been preparing for months to begin the Mosul offensive. As forces advanced closer to Mosul, dark clouds appeared in the sky, the first signs of ISIL’s preparations. The battle began before the Mosul offensive was even launched. As Peshmerga and Iraqi forces advanced towards front lines near Mosul, blue skies turned into grey. ISIL set ablaze oil in trenches they had dug up around Mosul. CCTV’S Michal Bardavid reports.

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