Iraqi government forces drive in the al-Bakr neighbourhood north of Hit in Anbar Province after they cleared the area of Daesh terrorist on October 10, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
The Iraqi air force has started to drop thousands of leaflets over Mosul, warning residents of the looming offensive to retake the city from Daesh.
"Time to celebrate a clean Iraq without 'Daesh' or any dark belief," and "It's victory time," read the newspaper-style leaflets dropped on Mosul early on Sunday morning.
"We are preparing to take action to free Mosul and regain security and stability in the region," reads a headline on the leaflet.
The residents are urged to avoid certain locations in the city -- including Daesh positions -- or stay at home. A phone number is also provided to report Daesh activity.
"The newspapers have important information, to update them with the latest facts and victories,"  said a statement released by Iraq's Joint Military Operations.
Iraqi forces are gearing up for the ultimate push to liberate Mosul, with recent reports showing that troops are in position and waiting an official green-light to start their offensive.
Mosul, the country's second city, has been held by the Daesh since June 2014.