Mosul liberation operation starts – Statement by Kurdistan Region General Command of Peshmerga Forces

October 17, 2016

At approximately 0600hrs on 17 October 2016 a large-scale, coordinated operation was launched by Peshmerga Forces in Khazir, East of Mosul, with Iraqi Security Forces from Gwer and Gayyara, both South of Mosul, as the first step to clear Ninewa province from ISIL terrorists.

The operation in Khazir includes up to 4,000 Peshmerga in three fronts to clear nearby ISIL-occupied villages as part of the agreement between the Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi Federal Government.

Global Coalition warplanes have pounded ISIL positions as of 16 October and will continue to provide close air support throughout the operation.

Local, regional and international media outlets have been embedded with Peshmerga Forces.

Operational updates will be issued every six to eight hours.

Photos and additional information will be available on Twitter (@GCPFKurdistan) using #FreeMosul.

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