As per Haider al-Abadi, Prime Minister of Iraq, its armed forces are getting ready to re-capture Mosul, the northern city, from Islamic State occupation. Abadi, in an interview to BBC, added that he expected Mosul to be liberated from the terrorist occupation in a few months, and with the minimum of bloodshed. Mosul, inhabited by over a million people, was run over and captured by IS last June.

He was sore at, and frustrated by, the slowness of the inflow of international aid to fight against IS or ISIS during his tenure of a few months, he said, but he added that the situation had considerably improved. Abadi became the Prime Minister only last September replacing his party man Maliki, also a Shiate, unpopular due to the alienation of Sunni Muslims of Iraq allegedly by promoting sectarian policies. It is widely believed that that this alienation spurred militants to capture large parts of western and northern Iraq defeating the government forces. Government troops and other Shia militiamen have now started the offensive to re-capture the territory north of Baghdad lost to IS. Government and allied forces are being helped by the U.S.-led coalition carrying on airstrikes on militant hideouts and settlements, and these have helped government forces to advance in the vicinity of Mosul.

In an interview with John Simpson, the editor of the BBC World Affairs, Abadi revealed that Iraqi forces would launch the offensive in Mosul in the ensuing few months, but he did not specify a date or a month. He said that the time of offensive depends upon their preparedness and the ground situations. However, he expected the offensive to start before this year end. The US led airstrikes recently have destroyed several key targets of the ISIS, as told by the US military on Sunday. The airstrikes in Iraq have targeted strategic points near, Mosul, Bayji, Hit, Tal Afar, and Sinjar.