President Barzani with Peshmerga officers. File photo
Reuters: Mosul battle plans ready, could be concluded by year-end - Kurdish leader
Military plans to retake Mosul from Islamic State are ready and the northern Iraqi city might be recaptured before the end of the year, the president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Friday.
The army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition, will conduct the offensive but the role of pro-government militias has not been determined, Massoud Barzani said in an interview with France 24.
"There have been multiple meetings between leaders of the Peshmerga and the Iraqi army. They have finally agreed on the military plan and the role of each side," Barzani said, without providing details.
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WNU Editor: He is confident that the city will be retaken by the end of the year .... but he is has been told to not use his forces to do it .... Iraqi government warns Kurdish Peshmerga not to enter Mosul, Barzani promises supportive role (Aranews).