With the Iraqi army successfully checking Islamic State (IS) advances in northern and western provinces of Iraq, security sources have revealed that thousands of soldiers have been trained and are ready to liberate Mosul, the capital of Nineveh Province
Joint operations spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool revealed that 20,000 Iraqi soldiers have finished military training and are ready to carry out operations to liberate IS-held areas
Rasool said that now the Iraqi army has proved its ability to drive the jihadists back from a vast area, they will initiate plans for further advances
Major General Najim Abdullah al-Jabouri, commander of the anticipated operation to free Mosul, confirmed that the 20,000 soldiers have been training at the Speicher military base in Tikrit, Salahaddin Province.
Spokesperson for the Iraqi Joint Special Operations Command, Brigadier General Saad Maan, said that Beiji, in northern Iraq has been completely cleared of IS insurgents, and repeated offensives by the jihadists are being successfully repelled.