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Iraq drops leaflets over Mosul ahead of battle — army

Daesh likely to turn to insurgent tactics in post-Mosul confrontations

By AFP - Oct 16,2016 - Last updated at Oct 16,2016

An Iraqi policeman unloads ammunition at the Qayyarah military base, about 60 kilometres south of Mosul, on Sunday, as they prepare for an offensive to retake Mosul, the last Daesh-held city in the country, after regaining much of the territory the extremists seized in 2014 and 2015 (AFP photo)

BAGHDAD — Iraqi aircraft dropped "tens of thousands" of leaflets, some bearing safety instructions for Mosul residents, ahead of an operation to retake the city from extremists, the military said.

Iraq has dropped leaflets over Mosul before, and has also done so as part of operations to retake other cities seized by the Daesh terror group in 2014 and 2015.

Aircraft dropped "tens of thousands of newspapers and magazines on the centre of the city of Mosul carrying important news... to inform them of updates and facts and victories", said Iraq's Joint Operations Command, which distributed images of some of the leaflets.

One image showed a leaflet containing safety instructions for Mosul residents, urging them to tape over windows to prevent the glass from shattering, to avoid the sites of air strikes for at least an hour after a place is bombed, and saying they should not drive if possible.

The launch of the operation is expected to be announced soon, but it will mark only the start of a battle that is likely to be the most difficult and complex yet in the war against Daesh.

A coalition of heterogenous and sometimes rival Iraqi forces will have to fight their way through Daesh defences to reach the city, in some cases over distances of dozens of kilometres.
Then they will likely seek to surround the city before launching an assault, marking the start of deadly street fighting with die-hard extremsists in a city with a large civilian population.
The battle may spark a humanitarian crisis, with the United Nations warning that up to 1 million people may be displaced by the fighting as winter sets in.


Even the recapture of Mosul will not mark the end of the war against Daesh, which still holds other territory in Iraq and is likely to turn increasingly to insurgent tactics such as bombings and hit-and-run attacks as it loses more ground.

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I am sure the Assad and Putin's Regimes can give plenty of advice to the allies on how to maximize civilian casualties as both have long experience in killing thousands of them in Aleppo. Mosul will be turned into Stalingrad and allies will face months of bloody fighting . The battle is not as easy as you think .The Jews are sitting back and watching the Arabs who become a laughingstock to other nations . Wake up Arabs before it is too late don't sit on the bleachers and watch the dirty game .

To the Iraqis children and women in Mosul , please don't get scared the Allied Forces are going to drop toys they have bought for you from Toy"R"US and Newboy stores to play with during the offensive .
Iraqi women please don't shout the noises you are hearing outside are just thunder before the rain . Those bombs are smart bombs, they can easily differentiate between the insurgents and civilians and will not explode when they drop on any civilian area. There will of course be no civilian casualties during the US and allies bombings, unlike the Syrian and Russian bombings. Mosul will soon have river of Chocolate and candy trees.
Is Jordan Times going to report the real number of children and women who will lose their lives while collection the toys or swimming in the rivers of chocolates ?

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