PM Abadi Announces Start of West Mosul Offensive

Iraqi PM Haidar al-Abadi announced on Sunday the start of the operation to retake control of western Mosul from the Islamic State (IS).
The Iraqi troops launched a large-scale offensive aiming at driving out the IS militants from the west coast of Mosul after liberating the eastern half of the city.
Abadi described the operation a "new dawn" in the liberation of Mosul.
Liberating people of Mosul from IS is the priority, not retaking the territories Abadi said, asking the Iraqi organizations to provide humanitarian assistance and support to the liberated areas.
In the early hours of the operation, the Iraqi troops managed to liberate Bakhira village in west of Tal Afar town, located west of Mosul.
The Iraqi war jets dropped millions of leaflets over the western Mosul late Saturday to warn the residents of the imminent offensive by ground forces to liberate the west coast of the city.

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