Iraqi army backed by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces launched the long-planned offensive on the northern Iraqi city of Mosul controlled by ISIS terrorist group on Monday morning.
Earlier today, the Israeli Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the beginning of operation to liberate the town of Mosul from the terrorist group.
"The time of victory has come and operations to liberate Mosul have started," he said in an address broadcast on Iraqi TV.
The Iraqi prime minister went on to say, “Today I declare the start of these victorious operations to free you from the violence and terrorism of Daesh (the Arabic acronym for ISIS)."
Abadi further said that the Iraqi army is leading the operations, and is supported by the national police force, underlining that “others” will not be entering the city.
He has on numerous occasions asserted that all forces participating in the Mosul offensive are Iraqis and no foreigners would be among them.
Abadi also said that the US-led coalition would only support the operation.
A day before the beginning of Mosul liberation, Iraqi air force dropped thousands of leaflets over the city, warning residents of the ISIS-held city of the looming offensive to retake the city from the terrorist group.
“Time to celebrate a clean Iraq without Daesh or any dark belief,” and “It’s victory time,” read the newspaper-style leaflets, dropped Sunday morning on Mosul.