US commander sees recapture of Islamic State strongholds in six months

WASHINGTON - The top US commander in Iraq believes US-backed forces will recapture Islamic State's two major strongholds -- the cities of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq -- within the next six months, his spokesman said on Wednesday.
US Army Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend was quoted telling the Associated Press that "within the next six months I think we'll see both (the Mosul and Raqqa campaigns) conclude."
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