The Iraqi army started the operation to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul, which since June 2014 is under the control of the “Islamic state” (banned in Russia). This was announced by the special envoy of the US President in the international coalition against ISIS Brett Makers, says the Iranian channel Press-TV.
According to Makhorka, the operation will be complex. The special envoy of Barack Obama said that the Iraqi army had already cut the road that links Mosul with Raccay. These cities are considered capitals of the Islamists in Iraq and Syria.
Makers also stressed that the participation of US forces in operations for the liberation of Mosul will only be possible if Washington receives a request from the Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi.
In early February, Reuters, citing Arab and Western official sources said that the coalition intends to crush IG in 2016, having beaten the Islamists in Raqqa and Mosul. “Days” (another name for ISIS) loses the ability to hold territory in Iraq and carry out all sorts of complex offensive operations, allowing them to keep captured cities,” — said the source Agency in Washington, according to which the attack on Mosul will begin in 2016.
A senior Iraqi source said that together with the Iraqi army in the liberation of Mosul will involve special forces from the international coalition. Moreover, Kurdish units “Peshmerga” block Mosul from the North and East.
In mid-February Reuters also learned that the Syrian army is waging an offensive into the province of raqqa. Damascus has virtually no presence in the region since August 2014.