Iraqi army readies for assault on Mosul

Senior government officials visit Erbil to win support of Kurdish Peshmerga forces for planned offensive against ISIL.

The Iraqi government is preparing an offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in the country’s second biggest city, Mosul.

The Iraqi army and Sunni tribal fighters are expected to take on ISIL in the coming days, with the US-led coalition providing them with air support. Osama al-Nujaifi, Iraqi vice president, and Khaled al-Obeidi, defence minister, who are both from Mosul, have been visiting Erbil to gain the support of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces for the planned offensive in Mosul.

Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow reports from Gwer, in northern Iraq.

Source: Al Jazeera