‘It’s victory time’: Iraqi troops launch attack to retake Mosul in biggest military operation in the region since the 2003 US invasion


Daily Mail

One of the main bridges in Mosul has been taken out in an airstrike, as militia forces move to recapture the city from ISIS control.

According to CNN, witnesses warned the strikes took out al-Hurriya Bridge, but it is not clear who was responsible for the airstrikes.

Amaq, the news agency associated with ISIS, blamed American bombers.

The Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi has been speaking this morning to confirm troops have moved in.

‘The time of victory has come and operations to liberate Mosul have started,’ he said in an address broadcast by the Iraqiya channel.

‘Today I declare the start of these victorious operations to free you from the violence and terrorism of Daesh (IS),’ he said, addressing residents of the Mosul region.

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