(CNN.com)The Iraqi Air Force dropped millions of leaflets over western Mosul late Saturday warning occupants of an offensive by ground forces to the IS-IS-held portion of town, which includes so far been focused solely by air strikes.
Iraqi forces experienced control of the eastern portion of town, which will be broken up by the Tigris River, because January.
The leaflets say Iraqi forces are making progress to the western aspect and “provide guidance and recommendations” for citizens ahead of the offensive, in accordance with a statement in the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC).
“The situation is distressing,” said Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian co-ordinator for Iraq. “Folks, right now, are in big trouble. We’re hearing reports of parents fighting to feed their kids also to warm their houses.”
Iraqi F16 fighter-jets carried out air strikes Saturday and Friday in western Mosul targeting communications places and IS-IS headquarters, in line with the Iraqi army.
The air-strikes “destroyed a number of ISIS’ command-and-control centers, inflicting heavy losses to them and their equipment,” the military said.
The offensive to re-take Mosul from the barbarous rule of ISIS’s started using a drive by the Iraqi military in October 2016, counterterrorism forces, national authorities and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.
ISIS captured Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, in 2014 and it’s the last stronghold in the united states of the militant group.