ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) - The Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi officially announced the start of Mosul military operation on Monday early morning.
The announcement was televised on state TV, signaled the start of Mosul offensive to clear the city from the Islamic State (IS) occupied since June 2014.
The General Command of Peshmerga forces of Kurdistan Region released a statement, stating the operation launched approximately at 06:00 am by Peshmerga forces in Khazir - east of Mosul, with Iraqi security forces from Gwer and Qayyarah – south of Mosul.
According to the statement, the operation in Khazir includes up to 4,000 Peshmerga in three fronts to liberate the nearby IS-occupied villages as part of the agreement between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the federal government of Iraq.
The moment that the coalition warplanes target an IS position:
- In the following video, Peshmerga engineering team defuses an IED bomb - eastern Mosul:
- Kurdistan24 reporter Hero Mawludi shows an IS tunnel in eastern Mosul controlled by Peshmerga:
- Peshmerga confiscated an IS mortar - eastern Mosul:
-IS suicide car bomb detonates next to an Iraqi army tank - southeastern Mosul:
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Iraqi security forces kill an Islamic State (IS) militant while he leaves an underground tunnel, Tapa village, southern Mosul:
Kurdistan24 reporter Hunar Ahmed shows the confiscated shells, weapons and bombs of the IS in the village of Tapa (southern Mosul) as the Iraqi security forces continue to advance.