Iraqi Army launches battle for Mosul

After long weeks of preparations, the Iraqi Prime Minister announced that the operation to liberate Mosul has begun. The Iraqi Army is fighting alongside Kurdish forces and Shiite militias in an attempt to regain control over the country’s second largest city, which has been an ISIS stronghold for more than two years.
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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi confirmed last night (Sunday) that his army has launched the crucial battle to liberate Mosul, which has been under the control of ISIS for more than two years. Mosul is the second largest city in Iraq and considered the biggest and most important ISIS stronghold

“We’ve been battling ISIS for more than two years,” said al-Abadi. “We started fighting ISIS on the outskirts of Baghdad and thank God we are now fighting them on the outskirts of Mosul. God willing the decisive battle will be soon.”

Iraqi forces preparing for battle Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Al-Abadi spoke to the press after the Iraqi Army dropped tens of thousands of flyers over the city, alerting residents to seal their doors shut as part of the preparations for the upcoming battle. “We plan to fight in order to liberate Mosul and return the stability and security to the region,” read one of the leaflets.

Iraqi forces Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

According to reports, the Iraqi Army is fighting alongside Kurdish forces and Shiite militias. The forces have already started to fire massive artillery barrages toward ISIS targets in Mosul. “We promise you that the victory is near and that it will be an extraordinary victory appropriate for the history of Iraq and its people,” said Ahmed al-Assadi, a spokesperson for one of the militias fighting against ISIS.

Earlier, it was reported that eye-witnesses reported that they said unidentified aircraft attacking one of the five main bridges in Mosul in preparation for the important battle. It is still unclear who was responsible for the attack but ISIS has accused the US Air Force of hitting the bridge.

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