Debkafile: “Iraqi tank blown up by ISIS bomber in Mosul battle
The US-backed Iraqi campaign launched in October to liberate Mosul from the clutches of the Islamic State is on its last legs, although the Obama administration and Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi are making every effort to disguise the debacle.
AS DEBKAfile has been reporting for three weeks, the Iraqi army’s Mosul operation has run aground, despite solid US military backing, giving the advantage to Islamic State fighters occupying Iraq’s biggest city since the summer of 2015.”
Opinion: This is driving me nuts. I have done a ton of Google searches to find out how many ISIS soldiers are holding off the US led Iraqi/Peshmerga armies in Mosul. Borrowing a line from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: Who are those guys?
Here is what I found: there are 3,000 to 5,000 ISIS fighters in the Iraqi stronghold of Mosul – 800 to 900 of which have been killed by US and Iraqi forces. That’s it!
Now look at this: CNN reports (here) that there are more than 100,000 US-led Iraqi military soldiers fighting in Mosul.
How in the world can that be? Is it possible that the US is so overwhelmed with Obama political correctness that they can’t fire a shot or bomb an enemy target without Washington’s permission?
There is no other logical explanation.