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Kurds Call for Post-Liberation Plan for Mosul to Avoid Extremists Infiltration

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17:05 18.10.2016(updated 17:55 18.10.2016)

Head of the Kurdish Regional Mission to the European Union said that a clear political plan that would be implemented after the liberation of Mosul from the Daesh should be elaborated to avoid infiltration of extremist groups into the city, the head of the Kurdish Regional Mission to the European Union.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A clear political plan that would be implemented after the liberation of Mosul from the Daesh should be elaborated to avoid infiltration of extremist groups into the city, the head of the Kurdish Regional Mission to the European Union, Delavar Ajgeiy, told Sputnik on Tuesday.

"We believe Daesh is weak now and now we are going forward… But the liberation doesn't mean that the terror will end, we afraid that some other groups may show up, so it is very important after the liberation of Mosul how a political plan will look like. It is important to secure and guarantee that no other groups come back. And it can happen that some other extreme group come to Iraq, to Mosul," Ajgeiy said.

The military operation to retake from Daesh Iraq's Mosul, which has been terrorists stronghold since 2014, started on Monday dawn. According to local media, about 30,000 Iraqi soldiers and 4,000 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are taking part in the operation, backed by air strikes carried out by the US-led international coalition.

Mosul, the second biggest Iraqi city, is the main stronghold of Daesh in Iraq. The city was seized by Daesh, a jihadist group outlawed in Russia, in 2014 along with a number of other northern and western Iraqi cities and towns.

The forces of the Iraqi government and Kurdish Peshmerga supported by the US-led coalition airstrikes demonstrate high level of coordination in the operation to liberate the northern Iraqi city of Mosul from the Daesh, the head of the Kurdish Regional Mission to the European Union, Delavar Ajgeiy, told Sputnik on Tuesday.

"It is a very good cooperation and coordination between Baghdad, Erbil [the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan] and the coalition forces and this is the first time the Iraqi and Peshmerga forces coordinate efforts to fight an enemy in one place," Ajgeiy said.

He added that this experience encourages optimism about the future cooperation between the Kurdistan Regional Government, an official ruling body in Northern Iraq, and the authorities in Baghdad.

On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced the start of the military operation to retake Mosul from the Daesh militants. According to local media, about 30,000 Iraqi soldiers and 4,000 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are taking part in the operation, backed by air strikes carried out by the US-led international coalition.

Ajgeiy praised recent success of the joint forces that recently managed to regain control over some 80 square miles in Mosul.

"So far it has been very successful operation…. The liberation has several steps and this is the first step. It achieved its goal," the official said.

Mosul, the second biggest Iraqi city, is the main stronghold of Daesh in Iraq. The city was seized by Daesh, a jihadist group outlawed in Russia, in 2014 along with a number of other northern and western Iraqi cities and towns.

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