Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim criticized
a lack of transparency concerning the upcoming assault on Mosul. While
he does have a point that a massive refugee crisis could impact Turkey, Ankara
has also been demanding Turkish troops be allowed to participate in the
operation. Defense Minister Fikri Isik called on Iraq to keep the
displaced civilians with Iraqi territory.
The Iraqi government began broadcasting
instructions to civilians in Mosul from a radio station in the
recently liberated city of Qayara. The information presented should include
exit routes, danger zones, and contact information. A Daesh radio station in
Mosul was destroyed yesterday.
In a radio address, P.M. Abadi promised
Moslawis that “victory is near,” but it is unknown how many civilians
could pick up the broadcast.
Sunni tribal forces will be folded into the Peshmerga
units before the upcoming Mosul operation, although Peshmerga forces have said
they are not participating in the main operation. More than 100 U.S. troops
near Qayara on Monday. They are also not participating directly.
An oil official recently killed in Kirkuk has now been identified
as Ahmed Abid Mutlak al-Jubouri, son of former Deputy Prime Minister Abid
At least 144 were killed and seven were wounded:
Shelling by Turkish troops illegally stationed in
northern Iraq left two
dead and four wounded in Fadiliyah.
In Kuba, a bomb wounded
In the Qaim region, airstrikes killed
44 militants and wounded 10 more.
militants were killed in strikes on Anah, Rayhana, and Zuwiya.
In Qayara, a failed attack left 23
militants were killed in a strike on Kubeisa.
A strike on Hamdaniya left 11
Resistance forces in Hawija shot and killed two militant commanders and a
In Mosul, an airstrike killed a top militant commander.