In the last major stronghold of the jihadists – the city of Mosul – there are from five to six thousand militants of the terrorist organization Islamic state. About this at the briefing near Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, East of Mosul, said the commander of the army special forces in Iraq, Lieutenant General Talib Sahati, writes Reuters.
“Intelligence information indicates that there are 5,000 to 6,000 militants,” the military said.
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Scheme: press office of the Iraqi Ministry of defense / Wikipedia
On the morning of 17 October 2016, the government of Iraq announced the start of operations to liberate captured in June 2014 Mosul from the militants of the terrorist organization Islamic state. The Pentagon believes that the liberation of the city, where the leader of the IG Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the creation of a “Caliphate”, can take weeks, if not longer.
The UN warned that the humanitarian consequences of the operation to liberate the city can affect up to 1.2 million people. According to some, now there are about 700 thousand inhabitants, many of whom may be refugees.
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