Iraq’s Kurdish peshmerga forces are not yet ready to wrest the city of Mosul back from the jihadist fighters who captured it on June 10, a top leader said Wednesday.

“A certain number of conditions need to be met before launching any battle, and they are not met yet,” Roz Nuri Shaways told AFP.

Shaways is Iraq’s newly appointed finance minister but is also a senior commander in the Kurdistan Democratic Party. […]