Iraqi: Zero hour for Mosul liberation operation approaching
The Iraqi army troops have been deployed 15 kilometers from the city of Mosul in Nineveh Province and the country’s volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) are waiting for announcement of the zero hour to attack ISIL’s military positions.
“The reconnaissance operation in Mosul ended; we are waiting for the operations to kick off,” Hashd al-Shaabi announced in a statement on Sunday.
The Iraqi volunteer forces also reiterated their full preparedness to start Mosul liberation operations.
On Saturday, a source from the Iraqi volunteer forces disclosed that the operations to liberate Mosul would start in coming days.
“Everything has been prepared for starting the military operations in Mosul, only the zero hour to kick off the attack on ISIL’s military positions in the city is yet to be announced,” the volunteer forces source said.
The source reiterated that Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has approved the volunteer forces’ participation in the Mosul operation.
The Iraqi media had earlier reported that the Mosul operations will start from several directions, the most important of which are al-Qayyara axis located 60 kilometers to the South of Mosul and Sahl Nineveh located 20 kilometers to the East of Mosul.
Several Iraqi army units have been stationed in the northern part of Mosul over past two days.