NEO – The Terrible Price of the Mosul Operation

The Iraqi army has gained its experience the hard way

by  Martin Berger,  … with New Eastern Outlook, Moscow

Yes, intense combat

[ Editor’s Note: Trump Tweeting has pushed Mosul virtually out of the news, along with many other things, like Libya, Africa, refugee camps in the EU, MH-17, and all the other unfinished pieces of business. Mr. Trump is a New Yorker, but his long list of changing the world and setting it right did not include 9-11, not one word. I have one word: “Giuliani”.

So when I saw Berger’s Mosul piece and found it to spotlight the huge casualties the Iraqis have taken, 30,000 just for Mosul alone, it was time to play catch up for the unknown lost souls there. The 30K does not include all of ISIL’s executions. Mass graves are still being found, as the government takes more territory.

While the follow up attack on West Mosul seems to be delayed, I was thrilled to see that units have been deployed to not let retreating jihadis walk or drive away from the battle. It seems that the lessons of “pushing them out” of places just to have to fight them again in a new place has sunk in as a false victory.

You can only beat these people by killing. Every jihadi that escapes will be able to go back home and recruit a new batch of cannon fodder to replace those that were lost. The popular militias seem to have been given this interdiction job, as plans are to use them for border control when Mosul is over.

The days of jihadis flowing around like tourists in Iraq might be over. And discussions have come out regarding sending them to Syria to exterminate jihadis there, likely Deir Ezzur first, and take control of the borders to stop the Gulf States from funding a long-lasting guerrilla war by constantly filtering new meat over the borders to torment the Syrians for not accepting the Sunni boot on their neck.

I found one video below to honor the Iraqi fighters, captured drone footage that IS made of a lot of its armored car and truck bombers, which was their main weapon against the armored formation leading the attack into Mosul and who took huge casualties. The Iraqis are winning, but at a terrible price… Jim W. Dean ]

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The popular militias are blocking the escape routes from Mosul

– First published  …  February 13, 2017


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