American artillery located to the East of the Iraqi Mosul, began shelling the positions of militants “Islamic state” (IG banned in Russia as a terrorist organization). The operation is accompanied by the strikes of the coalition aircraft led by the United States, said the Agency Anadolu reported , citing the commander of the Kurdish militias of Omar Hussein.
According to him, American howitzers are only about 20 kilometers from the center of Mosul. Militants in response to the blows began to burn tires in order to reduce the visibility of the aircraft after the bombing. They also burn gasoline in the channels dug by them across the city.
At the same time, the Pentagon source, who requested anonymity, said that “a full-scale assault on Mosul has not started yet”. It is not confirmed if any action in part of military operations.
In the U.S. Central command appeared in media reports about the outbreak of hostilities called a mistake.
The second largest city of Iraq, Mosul is under the control of ISIS since June 2014. In September to Iraq from the USA was further distributed to about 400 people to participate in the operation to liberate Mosul. At present, the country officially posted 4400 American servicemen. As reported, the decisive phase of the operation is scheduled for mid-October.
In August it became known that the Kurdish militias in late July received from Russia a large consignment of ammunition to prepare for the storm and the liberation of Mosul.
The operation to liberate Mosul, the member countries of the US-led coalition were discussed at the July meeting in Washington.