Pentagon: Mosul will be freed by the end of 2016

2016/8/30 20:35

[Oan- Baghdad]

He predicted the commander of US Central Command, the US commander Gen. Joseph Votal Tuesday, backed by the international coalition and Iraqi forces to regain control of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq from the hands of the organization Daesh end of the year.

Votal said at a press conference at the headquarters of the US Department of Defense [Pentagon] "The goal of Prime Minister [Haider al-Abadi] achieve this victory, the end of the year, and I expect that we will be able to achieve his goal if that is what he wants."

Votal He added that fighting for the restoration of Mosul would be "difficult and hard" and that the organization would leave Daesh countless explosives and Christtmi civilians.

On the participation of the Peshmerga forces in the battle to liberate Mosul pointed out that "the Peshmerga forces will take part in the battle to liberate Mosul has talked with the President of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, on this matter."

Among Votal "We are at the stage where we are at the heart of the Caliphate]."

Mosul is Iraq's second largest city and a stronghold Daesh, and began to Iraqi security forces with the support of the international coalition operations in the vicinity of the city during which he gained control of the villages, towns and facilities.