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Iraq's defense, interior ministers arrive in Mosul

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Iraqi Defense Minister Irfan Hayali and Interior Minister Qasim Al-Araji arrived on Wednesday in the right bank of the Mosul city, Defense Ministry official website reported.

The ministers held a meeting in which a number of police and army commanders had attended.

On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced Sunday the launch of a military operation to retake the western bank of Mosul from ISIS terrorist group.

“We announce the start of a new phase in the operation, we are coming to Nineveh to liberate the western side of Mosul,” Abadi said in a brief televised address.

Iraqi jets have dropped millions of leaflets in western Mosul, calling on residents to get ready to welcome the Iraqi troops as they continue the siege on the militants.

The latest operation to free the city from the terrorists began on October 17. After months of fighting, the coalition managed to secure the right bank of the city last month. The densely-populated west bank of Mosul is now the operation's target.