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Iraqi commander: Troops getting ready for Mosul operation

By Rudaw 12/6/2015
“The forces that have been prepared for the Mosul operation have been trained and they will be equipped with advanced weapons during the assault,” Photo: AFP
“The forces that have been prepared for the Mosul operation have been trained and they will be equipped with advanced weapons during the assault,” Photo: AFP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—The Iraqi commander of the Nineveh Operations Lieutenant General Najim al-Jibouri said Thursday that special forces are being concentrated north of Baghdad for the liberation of Mosul.

Al-Jibouri told Rudaw that units from the 15th and 16th divisions of the Iraqi army, federal police and the Golden brigade are gearing up north of the capital for the operation.

“These forces are concentrated near Baiji and elsewhere and this step is part of a major plan drawn for the retaking of the city of Mosul,” he said.

Lt Gen. al-Jibouri said that the operation will be launched in conjunction with an intensive air campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS) positions by coalition fighter jets.

Mosul has been under ISIS control since June 2014 when militants attacked the city from Syria and routed the Iraqi army from the province.

“The forces that have been prepared for the Mosul operation have been trained and they will be equipped with advanced weapons during the assault,” said al-Jibouri.

Lt Gen. al-Jibouri’s statement came a day after US President Barack Obama authorized the deployment of 450 additional forces to train the Iraqi army and Sunni forces in the war against ISIS.

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Roj | 12/6/2015
Yeah sure! I like to see them marching on Mosul. I bet they'll run back before Daesh even fires on them.
| 12/6/2015
It is about time!
Baban | 12/6/2015
what amaze me is all these large quantities of weapons they can gear up conscripts and militias and newly trained divisions, and yet srare they are short on weapons to send them up north. I guess gearing up an army like the peshmerga is very dangerous for them.
Fred Parhead | 12/6/2015
I wonder how many peshmerga will stand around and wait until USA bombs ISIS before shooting stragglers in the back and claiming victory. Say what you want about the pathetic Iraqi Army, they died at Mosul before running. The peshis in the Nineveh Plains and Sinjar...just ran..leaving the Assyrians and Yezidis in the hands of ISIS
Zawa@kurditan.ku | 12/6/2015
we all know the iraqi army are cowards, willing to give there advanced weapons to ISIS. Why not give those advanced weapons to an army who you know's how to use it?

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