Iraqi DM: Army Readying to Launch New Offensive against ISIL to Take Back Mosul
Iraqi Defense Minister Brigadier General Khaled al-Obeidi announced that the Arab country’s army and popular forces are preparing to launch a new military operation to take the strategic city of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, back from the ISIL terrorist group.
“The Iraqi forces will launch fresh operations against ISIL’s positions in Nineveh province in next few days to set the region free from the Takfiri terrorists’ control,” Brigadier General al-Obeidi said Friday.
The Iraqi defense minister underlined that the army will do its best to prevent any harm to the residents of Mosul.
In April, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani in a meeting in Erbil agreed on joint military operations to take back Mosul.
Al-Abadi and Barzani also agreed to set up a joint operation room to set Mosul free.
During the meeting, Al-Abadi reiterated that all the Iraqi people will participate in the operation to set free the capital of the Nineveh province, the ISIL terrorists’ last stronghold in Iraq.
Barzani, for his part, vowed to help Iraq’s central government with all means to free Mosul.