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Iraq army drops anti-ISIL leaflets over Mosul, starts radio channel

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iraqi fighters from the Popular Mobilization units wave their guns in the town of Baiji north of Tikrit, as they fight alongside Iraqi forces against the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group on July 2, 2015. (AFP)

Iraqi military jets have dropped leaflets over the ISIL-held city of Mosul, informing the people that Takfiri terrorists will soon be pushed out of the northern city.

"The solution, with God's help, is close," Lebanon’s al-Manar news website quoted the leaflets, issued in the name of the Iraqi army, as saying on Saturday

"Your armed forces are at the gate, cooperate with them," the leaflets said, adding that a new radio station, Mosul FM, would soon be on the air.

The leaflets also urged residents to carry a portable radio with them at all times so that they could receive information on the looming battle for Mosul.

Mosul fell to ISIL when the terrorist group launched its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014.

Baghdad blasts

Battered by ISIL militancy, Iraq has also been a scene of terrorist attacks mostly carried out by Takfiri elements.

At least 19 people were killed and dozens more wounded in a series of attacks in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Saturday night.

Iraqis stand at the site of a car bomb explosion in the Sadr City area of north Baghdad on March 23, 2015. (AFP)
 

 

According to police, nine people were killed and 24 more wounded after a car bomb went off on a commercial street in Baghdad's western neighborhood of Ami. Another three were killed when a bomb went off at a bus stop in the city’s southern regions.     

Earlier, local police announced that three people were killed in another blast close to an outdoor market in the town of Mhamoudiya south of Baghdad.

Another four people were killed in a car bomb blast in the town of Balad Ruz, located some 70 kilometers north of the capital.

No group or individual has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but ISIL has on several occasions claimed responsibility for such attacks across Iraq over the past few months.

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