Leaflet drop pledges liberation of Mosul
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.