by Brian Donnellon
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has outlined plans to liberate Mosul, the country’s second largest city after Baghdad, from the IS stronghold that has been there since 2014. The plan comes after Iraqi troops managed to retake a lot of country and small townland from IS in the past 12 months. Mosul is in the north of the country near the Turkish and Syrian borders.
A statement from the PM stated “These forces that are liberating you today, they have one goal in Mosul, which is to get rid of Daesh (IS) and to secure your dignity. They are there for your sake. God willing, we shall win.”
This will be the biggest military operation in the Country since the US left in 2011. It is reported that more than 25,000 troops have been deployed around the city and are ready to attack. That are also backed by US airstrikes and artillery fire.
A reported 3.3 million people have been forced to flee their homes and the siege on the city brings the expectation that another 1 million will have to flee. Most of these people are living in camps or refugee centres, and there is a severe worry that human rights are not being met with such a high demand of aid needed.