first published on December 28, 2016 by Will
US combat troops are being moved to the frontlines of the operation to retake Mosul from Islamic State forces after the two month operation has stalled out. With US service members taking on a larger burden of the fighting, the coalition hopes to break the stalemate. The decision gives American troops their biggest combat role since President Barack Obama’s disastrous order to withdraw US troops from Iraq in 2011 as a campaign stunt to get reelected.
Iraqi and Kurdish forces initially made substantial gains, but have since bogged down. Indigenous commanders have complained of having their hands figuratively tied as they are limited on the amount of airstrikes and use of heavy tanks on the city streets as the Western coalition hopes to differentiate their military use from that of the Russians who have indiscriminately wiped out Aleppo, at least according to Western main stream propaganda sources. Additionally, a recent ISIS counter attack inflicted heavy losses on Iraqi forces, and the decision was made to refit and reorganize the operation.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had had overconfidently promised to liberate Mosul by the end of 2016.
Good luck to the US service members as they enter and operate within Mosul proper, which is absolutely littered with booby traps, roadside bombs, and waiting suicide borne improvised explosive devices.