Qassem Soleimani, an Iranian general is now on the ground outside Mosul ahead of an expected operation to retake Iraq’s second-largest city which has been under ISIS, Soleimani is expected to play a “major role” in the battle for Mosul.
When asked about Shia militias participating in the liberation of Sunni-dominated Mosul, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq said last week, “The government of Iraq is in charge of this war. We're here to support them. So, who they [want in] the campaign is really their decision.”
Tu-22M3 long-range bombers and Su-34 tactical bombers took off from an air base in Hamedan, Iran, to carry out a “concentrated airstrike” against the militant Islamic State and the group formerly known as Nusra Front, The bombers, escorted by Russian Su-30SM and Su-35S fighters based in Syria, targeted ammunition depots and command-and-control centers in the provinces of Aleppo, Deir Ezzour and Idlib