Iraqi Armed Forces will move to retake the northern strategic city of Mosul from DAESH terrorist group after they secure the western city of Ramadi, Prime Minister Haider al Abadi said on Friday.
"The liberation of dear Mosul will be achieved with the cooperation and unity of all Iraqis after the victory in Ramadi," Abadi said in a statement on the state media website.
Mosul is important for DAESH as it connects the groups biggest population centre in both Iraq and Syria, retaking of Mosul will deprive the group from its major source of funding and deal a blow to its influence.
The US-led coalition air forces bombed DAESH positions Anbar’s provincial capital city of Ramadi on Thursday to help government soldiers to retake the Iraqi city and beat terrorists back from the key area.
Twenty seven air strikes have been carried out on DAESH positions in northwestern part of Ramadi.
Securing Ramadi will also give the army a major psychological boost as it moves toward Mosul.
Clashes with DAESH terrorists are being reported in al Karmah, 48 km from west of Baghdad and adjacent areas.
On Thursday evening, Iraqi Intelligence Forces and Iraqi Army conducted an operation in Ramadi and captured DAESH’s high-ranking commander nicknamed Abu Bakr.
Iraqi forces also secured a road in the town of Albu Faraj, near the capital.
Ramadi and Mosul are about 420 km away from each other.
Iraqi forces conducted an operation on Tuesday to push back DAESH from the centre of Ramadi.
DAESH captured Iraqi’s second largest city Mosul in June 2014.