According to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Nineveh governor Atheel al-Nujaifi reiterated that Iran’s nonstop determination to incorporate paramilitary militias such as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in Iraq proves its expansionist intentions.
Nujaifi also warned Tehran’s attempts of inciting cultural strife among Kurds and Arabs, in it’s strive to revive the Kurdish–Turkish conflict in Iraq.
“Preparations for the anticipated Mosul liberation campaign are underway, and Iraqi forces deployed to the zone are sufficient to free the whole of Mosul from ISIL hold,” said Nujaifi, hinting that PMF presence is not required to free Mosul.
“Moreover, the international coalition is also present to coordinate amongst forces participating at the campaign,” he added.
The Iraqi politician explained that most forces partaking in the Mosul offensive have no clear cut plan on direct contact with ISIL insurgents overrunning Mosul’s inner territory. Most of the forces currently are positioned on the outskirts, implementing a gradual advance strategy.
One of the perks of plans being on hold, according to Nujaifi, is that it will give the people of Mosul the time and chance needed to do something themselves so that Mosul is freed from the inside.
“The military operation to free Mosul will launch in the upcoming fall,” added Nujaifi.