Baghdad has transferred its first shipment of arms to the forces fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh, in preparation for a military offensive to liberate the city of Mosul, the Nineveh Provincial Council announced on Tuesday.

In comments to Asharq Al-Awsat, Nineveh Provincial Council member Ghazwan Hamed confirmed that more than 60 armored vehicles, in addition to shipments of light and medium arms, had reached Erbil International Airport as part of preparations for a push to recapture Iraq’s second city, which has been under ISIS control since June.

“Preparations are underway for the operation to retake Mosul, particularly after Gen. Riyad Jalal Tawfiq was appointed commander of Nineveh Operations Command by Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi,” he said. […]