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US-led coalition increases airstrikes on militant-held Mosul
KHAZIR, Iraq (AP) — The US-led coalition is increasing airstrikes in and around the militant-held city of Mosul as Iraqi ground forces build up ahead of a planned operation to retake the city, it said in a statement Friday.
The coalition said its planes had conducted more than 50 airstrikes against the Islamic State group in the Mosul area over the past two weeks.
"We have been intensifying our efforts in and around Mosul," said Col. John Dorrian, a spokesman for the US-led coalition.
Iraqi ground forces are moving into place to the south and east of Mosul. While Qayara air base to the south of Mosul remains the main base of operations, Iraqi army convoys, including a unit of the country's elite special forces, could be seen traveling to frontline positions to the east of the city.
"All the troop movements now are related to the Mosul operation," said Iraqi Army Brig. Gen. Firas Bashar, stationed at an Iraqi army base in Makhmour.
The operation to retake Mosul is expected to be the most complex yet for Iraq's military. Iraqi and coalition forces say some 30,000 troops will be needed to retake the city that has been under IS control for more than two years.
Yen Bai gears up for Vietnam Tourism Year 2017
As a gateway of the northern region of Vietnam with many special tourism products, the northern province of Yen Bai has prepared activities for the Lao Cai – Northwest National Tourism Year 2017. Rice terraced field in Yen Bai Cultural events for National Tourism Year are ready to be held across the province in the middle of May, said Nguyen Anh Tien, Chief of Culture and Information Dvision of Van Yen district.A festival worshipping the Mother Goddess of Mountain and Forest, one of the… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Ly Son – the pearl in blue sea
Ly Son or Cu Lao Re in Quang Ngai province, central Vietnam, is a beautiful island in the sea and becoming an attractive destination for both domestic and foreign visitors. Around 25km off the coast, Ly Son consists of Lon (Big) and Be (Small) Islands which cover nearly 10sq.km. Ly Son becomes a famous tourism site thanks to its clean beaches, beautiful landscape and delicious seafood. The best time to visit Ly Son is from June to September. It takes around 1.30 hours to travel from Sa Ky… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Vietnam’s trade surplus at $2.68 billion this year
Viet Nam gained trade surplus of US$2.68 billion for this entire year, the General Department of Customs has reported. This year, for the first time, vegetable and fruit export value exceeded rice export value. The general department said the nation had total trade value of $349.2 billion this year, a year-on-year increase of 6.6 per cent. However, trade value in December reduced by 0.6 per cent to $32.3 billion, including $16.3 billion in import value and $16 billion in export value.… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Sherwood Residence earns 2016 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence
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Vietnam still exists without the TPP
Nguyen Tran Bat, chairman of InvestConsult Group, talked with DTiNews about the local economy after US president-elect Donald Trump announced he would withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Nguyen Tran Bat, chairman of InvestConsult Group US President-elect Donald Trump has outlined his policies for first 100 days and said he would withdraw US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on day one. What do you think about this plan? I think Trump has surprised many countries with his… chat_bubble_outline Read More...