Tamil Diplomat

IS conflict: UN warns of ‘huge impact’ of Mosul assault

The humanitarian impact of a planned offensive by Iraqi pro-government forces to retake the city of Mosul is expected to be “enormous”, the UN says.

Up to 1.2 million people living in and around Mosul could be affected by the operation to drive out jihadist militants from Islamic State, it warns.

More than 120,000 people have already been displaced by fighting since March as troops clear territory to the south.

Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, has been under IS rule since June 2014.(BBC,2016)