WATCH DOCUMENTARY: Peshmerga VS ISIS: The Road to Mosul

DOCUMENTARY: After Fallujah, Iraq Eyes on Mosul, Latest Stronghold of Daesh

Sat Jun 18, 2016 17:53:10

As Iraqi Forces are going to put an end to Daesh terrorists in Fallujah, Iraqi eyes latest ISIS urban stronghold of Mosul. According to Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi second phase of the liberation of Nineveh started today at 5:00 am (0200 GMT). To have better understanding on ISIS-Held Mosul we Show a Vice News documentary “Peshmerga vs. the Islamic State: The Road to Mosul in Full Length”.

Published at Jun 11, 2015 on YouTube, it says “ A year after the Islamic State's lightning conquest of Iraq's second-largest city of Mosul, the poorly-trained and equipped Kurdish peshmerga forces are the international coalition's only reliable boots on the ground in northern Iraq.”

Iraqi forces renewed their offensive against the Islamic State (ISIS , ISIL , IS and Daesh) group around second city Mosul on Saturday after driving the terrorists out of most of Fallujah, the defence minister said.

Mosul is the last major urban center in Iraq still under ISIS control after Iraqi forces raised the national flag over government headquarters in the heart of Fallujah on Friday.

Iraqi commanders announced the launch of an offensive to retake Mosul and surrounding Nineveh province in March but under domestic political pressure the government diverted its forces to Fallujah, just west of Baghdad, last month.

“We started at 5:00 am (0200 GMT) the second phase of the liberation of Nineveh,” Iraq Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi told AFP.

Khaled al-Obeidi

“The target of the operation is to take Qayyarah and make it a Launchpad for Mosul,” Obeidi said.

Qayyarah, which has an airfield, lies across the River Tigris from the main base for pro-government forces in the Kurdish-controlled area of Makhmur. It is some 60 kilometres (35 miles) south of Mosul.

On Friday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi promised that the liberation of Mosul was “very near” as he declared victory in the four-week offensive to retake Fallujah.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

Abadi said that only small pockets of ISIS resistance remained to be cleared from the terrorists’ emblematic bastion.

But ISIS still firmly controls northern neighbourhoods of Fallujah where it is believed to be holding thousands of civilians as human shields.


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