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World diplomats seek post-battle plan for IS group bastion Mosul

Ahram Online , Thursday 20 Oct 2016
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Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand in an area near the town of Bashiqa, some 25 kilometres north east of Mosul, as smoke billows on October 20, 2016 (Photo:AFP)
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Diplomats from Iraq, and some 20 other countries including Egypt are meeting in Paris to make a stabilization plan for Mosul, as the international military operation to free the Iraqi city from Islamic State group intensifies.

The United States, Britain, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are among the countries due to attend the meeting to be co-hosted by Iraq.

French President Francois Hollande is hosting Thursday's talks in Paris, aimed at coming up with a plan to protect civilians, distribute aid and address questions about governing areas newly liberated from IS.

The offensive for Mosul — Iraq's second-largest city and a bastion for IS — is expected to take weeks, if not months, and some fear it could unleash sectarian tensions.

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