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Scenarios to liberate Mosul city, military sources

 
Baghdad/ Iraq TradeLink: Iraqi military sources reported that the forces moved this morning towards
 
Nineveh province to participate in clearing the province from Da'ish (ISIS) gunmen, particularly in Shirqat and adjacent areas.

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The new military movements are part of the plan made and supervised by the international coalition to liberate Mosul city.

 
The sources disclosed that 70 tanks were moved to Nineveh provincial areas from Salahal-din province.

 
Military expert Staff General Mohammed al-Jbouri pointed out that the Iraqi forces were moved for two directions, the first is the international highway that connects Tikrit with Mosul cities and the second to the west through the desert to reach Hatra areas.

 
Iraqi military expert Staff General Mohammed al-Jbouri, ex-army officer, pointed out that the Iraqi forces heading for Mosul city is moving into two main directions, the first towards the international highway that connects Tikrit with Mosul city and the second towards the west desert till reaching Hatra area to cover the rear of other armed forces from Da'ish attacks, then to move to the east towards Qayara cross-section, 50 kilometers to the south of Mosul city.

 
General Jbouri added that the Iraqi forces will encounter a problem for reaching its targets in Qayara area, because the area is desert-like with no population concentrations or towns, except the areas to the north of Beiji city.

 
"The international coalition took Qayara air base as the center for Mosul Liberation Operations", he clarified.

 
Qayara air base is one of the best air bases in Iraq which was used by French Mirage planes. It overlooks the main four routes that lead to Nineveh province, as well as connecting with the bridge that leads to Arbil city.

 
General Jbouri clarified that the Iraqi forces in Tikrit areas will control the western side of the Tigris River, while the forces coming from Makhmour area, south east of Mosul, will control the eastern side of the river.

 
"In other words, it is possible to build a bridge between the two sides to facilitate the movement of the forces between the two banks", he elaborated.

 
"Da'ish gunmen will not be able to threaten the Iraqi forces, except in minor cases like the bombed vehicles or long-range bombardment from the artillery gained when occupying Mosul's city two years ago", General Jbouri added.

 
As concerning Shirqat area, 110 kilometer north of Tikrit city, General Jbouri pointed out that the area will collapse because Da'ish supply lines will be completely cut off, as well as for Haweeja area in Kirkuk province.

 
"The US-led international coalition's forces will have the upper hand in liberating Nineveh province", he added.

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Iraqi army has killed 1,300 militants in Mosul operation

City of Mosul will be retaken within a year from Daesh, Iraqi defense minister says

25.06.2016  Fatma Bülbül  Ankara  world, middle east    

 
Iraqi army has killed 1,300 militants in Mosul operation
 
 
 
 
Iraqi Defense Minister Halit el-Ubeydi (C)

 

 

By Idris Okuducu, Hemn Baban

MOSUL, Iraq 

Iraqi Defense Minister Halit el-Ubeydi said that more than 1,000 militants were killed during operations to recapture the south of Mosul.

"According to the Prime Minister's statements and military officials' predictions, the city of Mosul under Daesh control and other regions will be retaken within a year," El-Ubeydi said in a press conference in Mosul on Saturday.

The minister said that 1,300 Daesh militants were killed by Iraqi army during the operations.

 

On June 18, Iraqi forces launched an offensive against Daesh terrorists to retake the south of Mosul and Qayara field, one day after recapturing the western city of Fallujah from Daesh.

Army officer Lt. Gen. Mohamed al-Askari told Anadolu Agency last Saturday that the offensive aimed at retaking Qayara, south of Mosul, from the Daesh group.

“The operation aims to recapture Qayara, which is an important area due to the presence of a military base there,” he said.

Iraq has suffered a devastating security vacuum since mid-2014, when Daesh overran Mosul and large swathes of territory in the northern and western parts of the country.

According to the UN, more than 3.4 million people are now displaced in Iraq - more than half of them children - while more than 10 million are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

*Anadolu Agency Correspondent Fatma Bulbul contributed to this report from Istanbul.

Edited by Mahdi Mortezapour

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Daesh leaders, families fleeing Mosul: Iraqi minister

Sun Jul 31, 2016 12:31PM
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Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi (AFP photo)
Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi (AFP photo)

The Iraqi defense minister says some Daesh Takfiri commanders have fled Mosul in northern Iraq as the army and allies push forward to liberate the city form the grip of militants.

“A number of ... leaders (of Daesh) in Mosul, they and their families sold their belongings and withdrew towards Syria,” Khalid al-Obeidi said late Saturday.

The official, who was speaking to Iraqiya state television, said some Daesh commanders and families sought to infiltrate into Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, located north and east of Mosul.

Iraq is preparing for an offensive into Mosul, the country’s second largest city which fell into the hands of Daesh in the summer of 2014. The city is the last remaining bastion of Daesh in Iraq as the military and allies have managed to retake key towns and villages from the militants over the past months.

Iraqis managed to recapture the city of Fallujah, west of the capital Baghdad, in late June. The city was a main hub of Daesh militancy in Iraq and its liberation boosted hope for Iraq’s final push toward Mosul.

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Earlier reports had suggested that Daesh was relocating many of its militants from western and northern Iraq into neighboring Syria.

In an exclusive interview with Press TV on Friday, Obeidi commended Iran Iran’s “continuous support” for Iraq in its war against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, noting however that only Iraqi forces would participate in the liberation of Mosul and the Iraqi government would not allow any foreign country to intervene in the operation.

Obeidi criticized Turkey for sending its troops to Iraq, warning of a war greater than the one against Daesh if Turkey do not draw its forces from northern Iraq.

“The presence of Turkish troops in Bashiqa obstructs the observations to liberate Nineveh. This is a fact. When Prime Minister [Haider al-Abadi] warned of a war greater than the war on Daesh, he made his statements based on information he had,” he further said.

“If Turkish troops intervene, then the city of Mosul and the province of Nineveh will become an arena for regional conflicts and this is what the premier predicts. Therefore, I second his opinions,” Obeidi added.  

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by gruesome violence ever since Daesh began a campaign of terror in the country in June 2014, when they overran Mosul and declared it their so-called headquarters in Iraq.

The Daesh terrorists have gained notoriety for their barbarity, heinous atrocities and sacrilegious acts. The militants have been accused of committing gross human rights violations and war crimes in the areas they control in Iraq and neighboring Syria.

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