Diplomats from the U.S., Iraq and some 20 other countries are meeting to make a stabilization plan for Mosul, as the international military operation to free the Iraqi city from Islamic State extremists intensifies. 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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Newsline: World diplomats seek post-battle plan for IS bastion Mosul