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Iraqis struggle to breathe after sulphur plant fire

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>> Set ablaze during fighting with Islamic States. A sulfur plant near the Iraqi city of Mosul sends up clouds of toxic smoke. Residents already fearful of militants now struggling to breathe.>>
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As many as 1,000 people treated for respiratory problems. Locals in the US military say, Islamic State fighters deliberately set the plant on fire on Thursday.
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Retaliating against an offensive to drive them from Mosul, their last stronghold in Iraq. Smoke still wafting through the air on Saturday. Iraqi forces have advanced to within five kilometers of the city. A Kurdish government official told Reuters the final battle will be fought person by person. But an offer of help from Turkey has been rejected by the Iraqi prime minister.
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Mosul was once part of the Ottoman empire and it remains an area of interest for Turkey.>>
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A dispute over the presence of Turkish troops stirring up sovereignty concerns. A possible point of contention of the US Defense Secretary visiting Baghdad on Saturday signalled support for a role for Turkey.
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Providing air and ground support there are five thousand US forces in Iraq. Moving on to Airbel on Sunday, Ash Carter assessing progress in the Mosul offensive, expressing optimism in the state of the campaign so far.