Operation to liberate Mosul will launch after Ramadi secured: Iraqi PM
Iraq’s armed forces will move to retake the major northern city of Mosul from Islamic State (IS) once they capture the western city of Ramadi, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Friday.

Capturing Mosul would deprive the militant group of its biggest population center in both Iraq and Syria, effectively abolishing the state structure of IS in Iraq, depriving it of a major source of funding and dealing a blow to its influence, EKurd reported.

The cities are about 420 km apart by road. Iraqi forces started an attack on Tuesday to dislodge Islamic State militants from the center of Ramadi, the last district under their control in the city they had captured in May.

Islamic State seized Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, in 2014, in an offensive that forced government forces to abandon a third of Iraqi territory.

 “The liberation of dear Mosul will be achieved with the cooperation and unity of all Iraqis after the victory in Ramadi,” Abadi said in a statement on the state media website on Friday.

Army commanders said on Wednesday that the battle for Ramadi would take several days.

News Code: 12170  |  Date: 2015/12/25  |  Time: 16 : 42

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