Erbil – The US special envoy for the war against Islamic State (ISIS), Brett McGurk, denied reports that the long-planned Mosul operation has begun.
“Mosul operation will begin when announced by PM Abadi. Anything said before then is premature,” he said on Saturday.
The Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Saturday met with leaders of the Shia Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) that will support the Iraqi security forces in the upcoming operations.
On Saturday, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and coalition jets carried out late night heavy bombardments and artillery shelling.
Moreover, several reports confirmed that the highly trained anti-terror units have arrived on the frontlines.
The anti-terror units will do most of the heavy lifting in the battle for Mosul backed by the US-led coalition and Iraqi army.
Moreover, it is expected that the Kurdish Peshmerga forces will soon launch operations to clear out the Nineveh plains from ISIS.
On Friday, coalition strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and an ISIS media center; damaged two T-walls; suppressed another mortar system; and destroyed an ISIS-held building, the US-led coalition said.
Moreover, the coalition’s air raids in Nineveh Governorate destroyed five rocket rails, four fighting positions, two supply caches, two vehicles, an anti-air artillery system, a mortar system, and a headquarters building were destroyed.
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