BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 A.M.) – The Iraqi Army, alongside the Federal Police and Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi), kicked off the 2nd phase of their Mosul offensive this morning, targeting the Islamic State’s final positions in the western part of the city.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-‘Abadi announced the start of the Mosul operations, stating the country’s armed forces are finally liberating the city from the terrorist group.
“Our forces are beginning the liberation of the citizens from the terror of Da’est,” ‘Abadi stated this morning.
With half the city under their control, the Iraqi Armed Forces will likely face heavier resistance in the western part of Mosul, as the Islamic State attempts to hold onto their final positions.
Once western Mosul is secured and the Tal ‘Afar region is liberated, the Iraqi Armed Forces can turn their attention to the Islamic State’s last bastion in southwest Iraq.