Iraqi Forces Starts Military Offensive to Retake Western Mosul From ISIS

Monday 20/2/2017, Iraqi forces have started military offensive in a renewed effort to retake western Mosul from ISIS.

The Offensive to drive ISIS out of Mosul began Sunday night with planes throughout the night carpeting ground with leaflets appealing to the group’s fighters to surrender.

“To those of you who were intrigued by the ISIS ideology,” one of the leaflets said, “this is your last opportunity to quit your work with ISIS and to leave those foreigners who are in your homeland. Stay at home, raising the white flags as the forces approach.”

On state-run television, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the beginning of offensive as the new dawn on his troops to move bravely forward to liberate what is left of Mosul.

The Islamic State has held Mosul, Iraqi second largest city making it their de facto Iraqi capital for over two years. Mosul is the last urban stronghold for ISIS in Iraqi.

The assault is taking place amid concerns about the condition of hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in the western part of the city.

Retaking the entire Mosul city, in what is expected to be a months-long campaign, would be a huge victory for Iraqi troops.

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