Leaflet drop pledges lib­er­a­tion of Mo­sul

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Iraqi jets dropped leaflets into Mo­sul telling res­i­dents that Is­lamic State fight­ers would soon be driven from the north­ern city and say­ing that de­tails of the op­er­a­tion would be broad­cast on a new ra­dio sta­tion. De­spite the pledge, there has been no sign a mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion is im­mi­nent.

Mean­while, two car bombs killed 11 peo­ple in the Iraqi cap­i­tal, Bagh­dad, on Satur­day, po­lice and med­i­cal sources said, strik­ing just as­many peo­ple were end­ing the daily Ramadan fast. There was no im­me­di­ate as­ser­tion of re­spon­si­bil­ity, but Is­lamic State op­er­a­tives fre­quently set off bombs in the cap­i­tal.

Mo­sul has been un­der Is­lamic State con­trol since the Is­lamist mil­i­tants seized the city in June last year.

The Shi­ite-led Iraqi gov­ern­ment has promised a mil­i­tary of­fen­sive to re­take Mo­sul, but progress has been slow, in part be­cause of Is­lamic State gains else­where. In May, the mil­i­tants drove the army out of the city of Ra­madi, cap­i­tal of the western province of An­bar.

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