Iraq PM Haider al-Abadi announces plans to retake west Mosul from ISIS jihadis
ISIS snatched the city of Mosul from Iraqi forces in 2014 but have come under increased pressure since October last year.
Haider al-Abadi said: “The prime minister announced the launch of liberation operations on the western side of Mosul.”
Iraqi forces reclaimed the eastern part of the city last month after a series of brutal battles.
Iraq’s defence ministry deployed air jets to drop millions of leaflets across western Mosul to warn residents of the imminent vicious battle against ISIS.
According to the defence ministry, the leaflets read: “Your armed forces… are advancing in the direction of the right side, relying on God.
"Get ready to welcome the sons of your armed forces and to cooperate with them, as your brothers on the left side have done, in order to reduce losses and speed up the conclusion" of the battle.”
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Other leaflets urged ISIS cowards to “lay down their weapons and surrender”.
Lise Grande, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, has predicted at least 400,000 civilians could be displaced by the battle for western Mosul.
Ms Grande told CNN: “The situation is distressing. People, right now, are in trouble. We are hearing reports of parents struggling to feed their children and to heat their homes."
Iraq's prime minister Haider al-Abadi is keen to defeat the dwindling terror group
Recent reports suggest that ISIS is on the brink of meltdown yet the jihadis slaughtered hundreds of rival militants, including some from al-Qaeda, in a bid to reassert their dominance.
Currently, militants are essentially under siege in western Mosul after US backed forces surrounding the city cornered them in.
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