Statement on Peshmerga Ground Offensive Launched in Area East of Mosul

As of approximately 0430hrs, a Peshmerga-led ground offensive, backed by International Coalition warplanes, is underway to retake several villages from the Islamic State (ISIL) in the vicinity of Khazir, East of Mosul.

This is one of the many shaping operations expected to increase pressure on ISIL in and around Mosul in preparation for an eventual assault on the city.

The operation includes approximately 5,500 Peshmerga.

As of 1000hrs, Mufti village is in complete control of Peshmerga forces.

Further updates to follow.