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Iraq expects new flow of refugees ahead of Mosul assault

Iraq prepares to launch offensive to expel Daesh terrorists from Mosul, which was captured by the terror group in 2014

Mohamed Sabry Emam Muhammed   | 09.03.2016
Iraq expects new flow of refugees ahead of Mosul assault Iraqi soldiers seen operation to retake Mosul from ISIS, Mahmur district of Mosul


By Ali Makram Ghareb

KIRKUK, Iraq  

Iraqi officials are preparing for a new wave of refugees following an anticipated offensive to retake Mosul, a senior Iraqi official told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.

“Iraqi authorities have decided to set up three refugee camps on the outskirts of Mosul,” Noureddin Qablan, deputy chief of Nineveh city council, said. “We wanted to take all the necessary measures to avoid a repetition of past tragedies.”

Iraq is preparing to launch an offensive to expel Daesh from the country’s second-largest city, which was captured by the terrorist group in 2014.

Qablan said that, in recent weeks, Daesh terrorists have moved their headquarters to residential areas in Mosul.

“The Iraqi air force has dropped leaflets calling on Mosul residents to avoid terrorist areas and provide help to security forces,” he said.

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