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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. 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. http://www.iraqtradelinknews.com/2016/06/scenarios-to-liberate-mosul-city.html
BAGHDAD—The Iraqi army launched an offensive Thursday to retake Nineveh province but gave no hint it was poised for a long-awaited attempt to retake control of the province’s largest city, Mosul, from Islamic State. http://www.wsj.com/articles/iraqi-army-launches-operation-in-northern-province-1458822175 Also from iraqinews: Iraqi security forces liberate five villages south of Mosul http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/urgent-iraqi-security-forces-liberates-five-new-villages-south-mosul/ In Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is in retreat on multiple fronts: Front-line commanders no longer speak of a scarily formidable foe but of Islamic State defenses that crumble within days and fighters who flee at the first sign they are under attack. “They don’t fight. They just send car bombs and then run away. And when we surround them they either surrender or infiltrate themselves among the civilians,” said Lt. Gen. Abdul-Ghani al-Assadi, commander of Iraq’s counterterrorism forces, who is overseeing the latest Iraqi offensive to capture the town of Hit in Anbar province. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/in-syria-and-iraq-the-islamic-state-is-in-retreat-on-multiple-fronts/2016/03/24/a0e33774-f101-11e5-a2a3-d4e9697917d1_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_islamic-state-1245pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory So it has begin now. Let's pray that daish will lose very soon. Any updates please post it here in this topic.
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