I disagree completely with the presentation!
*Since Mosul's been being softened for months and months now- Not to 'fight' but to displace.
From Yesterday: The Battle for Mosul Has Begun?
As Kurds continue to make clear territory they take, is theirs.So an "official announcement" marks the beginning of the Mosul onslaught?
As readers here know, Mosul, has been being bombed for months now..
And the Kurds have NATO on their side
As I'd mentioned last week it was reported that around 1,000 fighters remained in Mosul-
* Russia and Turkey Plot The Endgame in Aleppo
"Not much resistance is expected from the Islamic State fighters numbering around 1000 in Mosul,........"Some media outlets are suggesting it's higher. It's doubtful there are even 1,000 fighters there as of today in Mosul!
ISIS will 'lay down' just like it always does.
" ISIS has largely vacated Mosul... as they do everywhere else when 'the big battle' is on
As has been reported. Every time. Jarablus. Dabiq. Kobane. Etc., Don't believe me? I'll let the Soufan Group tell you about it!
On October 16, Iraq announced that the battle for Mosul had begun; on the same day, U.S. and Turkish-backed rebel forces retook the Syrian town of Dabiq from the Islamic State.• As it has done elsewhere in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State chose not to fight to the end in Dabiq.
• Despite its apocalyptic rhetoric, the Islamic State’s military strategy in the face of mounting territorial losses has been decidedly non-apocalyptic, particularly since its most decisive defeat in Kobani in early 2015.
Regarding Mosul:You can read the rest about the fierce ISIS laying down in yesterday's post relinked above!
When faced with the prospect of overwhelming force in other strategic cities, the Islamic State has often preempted a strategic defeat with a tactical retreat, thus preserving the majority of its fighting force."
Edited to add: My version of laying down has most of them switching teams- Think of Mosul when it was first taken. Think of Kobani- where ISIS changed clothes and blended in with the PKK Kurds- which would be so very easy to do
It's already being reported the fight is ahead of schedule. Seriously.
President Barack Obama warned on Tuesday of a tough battle ahead as Iraqi forces backed by a US-led coalition advanced on Mosul to wrest the city from the Islamic State group.
Obama said the push to liberate the northern city, the jihadists’ last stronghold in Iraq, now in its second day, was a “major step forward.”
Iraqi forces were making gains as tens of thousands of fighters advanced on Mosul in an unprecedented offensive to retake the city from the Islamic State group.
With the crucial battle in its second day, Iraqi commanders said progress was being made as fighters pushed on two main fronts against the jihadists’ last stronghold in Iraq.
The US military, which is leading a coalition providing air and ground support, said Iraqi forces even looked “ahead of schedule” but senior Western officials warned the battle would be long and difficult.
Advancing in armoured convoys across the dusty plains surrounding Mosul, forces moved into villages defended by pockets of IS fighters after intensive aerial bombardment.After just two days the campaign is ahead of schedule- Wow!
Media drama aside-
Mosul will be taken in short order- The fallout from the taking of Mosul will drag on for years and years-
Not sure how the 'taking' of Mosul will be defined? But it will be hyped as a success!
You can count on it!