A top US official announced that Iraq would “very shortly” launch a ground offensive against ISIS.

“There will be a major offensive [in the coming weeks] against ISIS on the ground led by Iraq forces,” US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS John Allen told Jordan’s Petra News Agency in an interview late Sunday.

Allen, a former four-star general in the US Marines, added that the coalition has dispatched “multiple advisory teams on the ground” in Iraq, but did not elaborate further. […]