MOSUL, Iraq – Between 40,000 and 50,000 Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers will participate in the campaign to free the Iraqi city of Mosul, controlled by the Islamic State since June 2014, the ministry of the Peshmerga reported.
Gen. Jabar Yaur, secretary-general of the ministry, equivalent to the defense ministry in the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, said the U.S. Pentagon will support the Kurdish government department with $415 million a month.
He added in a statement that the U.S. will also continue to supply weapons and training to the Peshmerga.
He also noted that, although so far the role of the Kurdish troops in the liberation of Mosul has not been confirmed, they will initially attack from the west, east and north of the city, while the Iraqi army will attack from the south sector.
He also revealed that the Peshmerga are not planning to enter the city, but if they are eventually asked to do so, it will be coordinated with the Iraqi army.
Once Mosul is freed, Kurdish troops will withdraw and deliver the conquered territories to the various Iraqi security forces, said Jabar.