[ltr]Iraqi forces are preparing to march toward Mosul Sharqat gate[/ltr][ltr]
Salahuddin-Iraq Press -23 September / September: Iraqi forces preparing for the start of the attack onthe southern city of Mosul, after enable, on Thursday, to regain spend Sharqat, the last stronghold of al "Daesh" in Salahuddin province, which form the first defense of the stronghold linethe main organization in Mosul.
And the restoration of Sharqat (60 km south ofMosul), which is the supply route between Mosul and Hawija hand, the last bastions of "Daesh" in Kirkuk province, became members of theorganization in Hawija, trapped on the northern side of the Peshmerga forces to the south by theIraqi military forces.
The Sharqat, one of the strategic areas of themilitary terms for the army, which began to prepare to march towards the south of Mosul, on the basis of the first.
Brigadier General Yahya Messenger, a spokesman for the Joint Special Operations Command, said that "Sharqat spend, it is one of the strategic areas, and extends over an area of 44 square kilometers, connects three provinces: Salahuddin, Kirkuk and Nineveh."
He said the messenger, that " the organization of supply lines from Mosul to hand Hawija ( ) south of Kirkuk, was made afterthe liberation of Sharqat, which represents the link between Mosul and Hawija."
And between the military official that "Daesh, developed a number of defensive lines of the conductor, the first of Sharqat spend, " pointing out that " the organization lost his first defense line for Mosul."
And spend Sharqat, home to about 200 thousand people, under the control of "Daesh" Since the summer of 2014, he launchedan international coalition led by the United States continuous raids on the fortifications of the organization in the judiciary overthe past months.
For his part, al - Naqib said Ghassan al - Obeidi, the officer in command of Salahuddin operations, said that " the army, began yesterday, preparations to advance towards the south of Mosul, from Sharqat."
He said al - Obeidi, said that " the military forces that were stationed, yesterday, in Sharqat Center, the military began preparations to advance towards the south of Mosul , " pointing out that " the timing of the start of progress is subject to thedecision of the Supreme military leaders."
As explained retired Colonel Khalil Naimi, to "regain control of Sharqat, within 72 hours, indicating that the majority of theorganization to withdraw his fighters toward Mosul."
He said al - Naimi, said that "all regions, dominated by the organization, the security forces had difficulty in restoring, and fought battles lasted several days, as happened in Tikrit, and Ramadi, but some areas are not an importance to Daesh strategy, so most of the foreign fighters have been withdrawn from Sharqat the direction of Mosul, was to keep the local fighters , "he said . on, I ended (1)