Iraq drops leaflets over Mosul ahead of
IRAQI aircraft dropped “tens of thousands” of leaflets, some bearing safety instructions for Mosul residents, ahead of an operation to retake the city from jihadists, 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 Islamic State 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, and to avoid the sites of air strikes for at least an hour after a place is bombed.
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