BREAKING NEWS: Iraqi Military Begins Mosul Offensive (Videos Added)

by John Galt
October 16, 2016 19:20 ET

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Breaking on all major news sources. As per Reuters:

Iraq announces start of offensive to retake Mosul

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Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of an offensive to retake Mosul, the capital of Islamic State’s so-called caliphate in Iraq.

“The hour has come and the moment of great victory is near,” he said in a speech on state TV, surrounded by the armed forces’ top commanders. “I announce today the start of the operation to liberate the province of Nineveh.”

The assault on Mosul is backed the U.S.-led coalition and could be one be the biggest military operations in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

“We are proud to stand with you in this historic operation,” Brett McGurk, U.S. envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, said on Twitter at the start of the Mosul offensive.

Mosul is the last major stronghold of ultra-hardline Sunni group in Iraq.

This could trigger some fascinating events regarding the balance of power in the Middle East and reactions of ISIS throughout Syria and Iraq. Stay tuned…

UPDATE 20:30 ET – Video via Twitter reporters on scene:

Peshmerga also begin attack from the North:

3 Comments on "BREAKING NEWS: Iraqi Military Begins Mosul Offensive (Videos Added)"

  1. Zetetic | 17/10/2016 at 17:04 |

    An incredible amount of activity with 21 days left to the election.
    Misdirection to a misdirection of sleight of hand.

    • You ain’t seen nothing yet. Wait until the Ukraine cranks back up next week…

      • Zetetic | 18/10/2016 at 09:57 |

        That makes sense now that we have blinked in Syria. NATO won’t be happy as the “red line” continues to move westward… somewhere off the shore of the Azores.

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