The Prime Minister of Iraq announced the uncompromising position on Monday, saying that the country's army will "cut off the head of the snake" and release those who are trapped inside Mosul from the brutal reign of ISIS.
"We're going to Mosul to free them from ISIS," said Haider al-Abadi, a reporter for a government-run "Iraqiya TV" on the base Cawarra to the South of the city. He also addressed the approximately 5 thousand militants, who holed up in the city "you Have no chance but to flee or to surrender or die."
He called upon the besieged inhabitants of the city who suffered under the yoke of ISIS to stay indoors. He also said that they must confront possible ISIS , and to do what they can to prevent the destruction of the infrastructure of the city. He added that for the first time, the Iraqi forces will fight side by side with Kurdish forces and urged politicians to "leave political differences aside."
Al-Abadi would not give a time frame for the final liberation of the city, but did not agree that the fighting was stopped. "What is happening on earth, it is reality." Earlier, the head of counter-terrorism said that Iraqi forces were ready to enter the city.
Since the beginning of the offensive, ISIL's fighters conducted a mass execution of civilians and used civilians as human shields to reflect the air strikes. They hold regular bombing and laid a trap inside the city.
The battle for Mosul is regarded as one of the most important in the fight against ISIS. The city is an Iraqi stronghold. The city also is close to the critical oil fields, allowing ISIS to fill its coffers by selling oil illegally abroad.
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