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Iraq: PM Haider al-Abadi announces start of operations to drive IS from Mosul

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday announced the start of an offensive to retake Mosul, the capital of Islamic State in Iraq.


By   |  Updated On : October 17, 2016 08:15 AM
Iraq: PM Haider al-Abadi announces start of offensive to retake Mosul

Iraq: PM Haider al-Abadi announces start of offensive to retake Mosul

Baghdad :  

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of military operations to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group on Monday. 

"The time of victory has come and operations to liberate Mosul have started," he said in an address broadcast by theIraqiya channel. "Today I declare the start of these victorious operations to free you from the violence and terrorism of Daesh (IS)," he said, addressing residents of the Mosul region.

Abadi, the commander-in-chief of Iraq's armed forces, was surrounded by top federal officers as he read his statement. Iraqi federal and allied forces have been tightening the noose on Mosul, the jihadist organisation's main strong hold in the country, for months. They recently retook key positions around Qayyarah, a town some 60 kilometres (35 miles) south of Mosul, setting the stage for a final push on IS' northern bastion.

Abadi did not provide details of the military operationslaunched overnight. Mosul and its surroundings cover a vast area and the various -- sometimes rival -- forces involved have some distance to cover before they can enter the city proper. The premier vowed that only government forces would enter Mosul, a Sunni-majority city that IS seized with relative easein June 2014 partly because of deep local resentment towards Shiite-dominated security forces.

"The force leading liberation operations is the brave Iraqi army with the national police and they are the ones that will enter Mosul, not others," Abadi said.

The Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary organisation, which is dominated by Tehran-backed militia groups, has made clear itwants to take part in the Mosul operation. Kurdish peshmerga forces have been moving in from the eastern side of the city while a US-led coalition is also providing support in the air and on the ground. 

First Published: Monday, October 17, 2016 08:05 AM

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