Sources in the governing body of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) reported that troops were being deployed to predetermined fighting positions near Mosul to participate in the upcoming operation to liberate the northern Iraqi city occupied by Daesh Takifir militants, Iraq Press Agency said on Saturday.
Senior PMF commander Javad al-Talibavi had announced on September 18 that three separate brigades from popular forces would take part in the upcoming offensive against Deash militants in Mosul.
Meanwhile, sources reported that the Mosul offensive will be launched after the ongoing operations in Salahdudin and Kirkuk provinces are wrapped up.
The Arabic-language al-Sumeria television news agency also said on Saturday that Iraqi government forces had liberated Eastern al-Zoyeh region in Anbar province, raising the Iraqi flag on buildings there.
Al-Sumeria quoted military sources as saying that a large number of Daesh Takfiri militants were killed and a number of others wounded in the operation.
A large amount of Deash weapons and vehicles were also destroyed there, according to the military sources.
Prime Minister Heider al-Abadi has, time and again, pledged that Iraqi troops will win back Mosul by the end of the year.
Violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq ever since Daesh launched its offensive in the summer of 2014, and seized territory.
Iraqi army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Mobilization Units are seeking to win back militant-held regions in joint operations.