U.S. Official: America may help Iraq take city back from ISIS

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(NBC News) A newly revealed U.S. plan to retake Mosul, the biggest city held by ISIS, is sparking controversy and prompting questions.

Critics are asking why the plan was announced ahead of time, and if Iraqi forces will be up to the task on their own.

ISIS swept into the Iraqi city of Mosul last June.

The Iraqi army abandoned the city, letting ISIS fighters take its weapons. A half-million Iraqis fled as well.

Now Kurdish fighters and Iraqi army troops helped by American advisers are preparing to retake the city in an offensive set to launch in April.
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