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Iraq Offensive to Retake Mosul Could Extend for Weeks

© AFP 2022 / SAFIN HAMEDAn Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter looks through binoculars on the top of Mount Zardak, about 25 kilometres east of Mosul, on October 6, 2016
An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter looks through binoculars on the top of Mount Zardak, about 25 kilometres east of Mosul, on October 6, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Iraqi military campaign aimed at Mosul liberation could extend into several weeks, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Tuesday.

PARIS (Sputnik) — Iraq's military campaign to capture the city of Mosul from the Daesh terrorist group that entered its second day could extend into several weeks, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Tuesday.

"This will be a long battle, it will last at least several weeks," Le Drian said in remarks broadcast by BFMTV.

Le Drian said US-led coalition forces and France are assisting the Iraqi troops in the offensive.

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