Iraqi Ground Offensive to Retake Mosul Could Be Launched as Early as April
U.S. military officials believe that the Iraqi offensive to retake Mosul from the militant group ISIS could come as early as April and involve between 20,000 to 25,000 Iraqi troops.
The plan could be delayed depending on training and equipment schedules for the Iraq troops that would be involved in the offensive, a U.S. Central Command official said, noting that ISIS is on the defensive and that the U.S. military plan against ISIS is “slightly ahead of the campaign.”
The official provided unusually detailed plans in a briefing for Pentagon reporters about the long-awaited push by Iraqi forces to retake Iraq’s second-largest city from the 1,000 to 2,000 ISIS fighters believed to there. The plans to launch an offensive in April or May are ahead of predictions made last October by U.S. Centcom officials that an offensive might not occur for another year. SOURCE
Whoever is running this planned action is either a fool or one hell of a poker player.
If releasing information about an attack that is going to take place isn’t a *bluff* then the most foolish leaders this, or any other nation has ever seen is in the drivers seat.
According to the story from ABC, and every other source I can find, there are between 1,000 and 2,000 ISIS fighters in and around Mosul and in the next few months the plan is to use between 20,000 to 25,000 Iraqi troops to remove this 2,000 or so ISIS fighters.
Those are overwhelming numbers, but given the reputation of Iraqi troops and their lack of skill, actually their *forgetting everything they ever knew* when the 1st round is fired, it may take 25,000 Iraqi troops to unseat the ISIS force.
To be totally honest with you; I don’t care how many troops or fighters either side uses as long as it’s not American troops. I don’t care if the Iraqis and ISIS kill each other in great numbers, but I do question the idea of telling your opponent that you’re coming and when, even an approximation.
Can you imagine the Allies calling Hitler in 1944?
“Hello Adolph? Yes, this is Ike, hi, how are you doing?”
“Say, Adolph, we’ve been thinking of attacking your forces in France and driving them out and we’re planning on being there in early June, maybe the 1st week of June, and we’re hoping that if you know we’re coming you can pull your troops back, saving a lot of lives on both sides, OR, you can build up your defenses at Normandy, because you see Old Boy, the Pas de Calais thing is a bluff, we’re using Patton to trick you into thinking he’s in command of a HUGE force, but that force is fictitious. OK Adolph, good speaking with you, see you soon, perhaps we can have a glass of wine, take care.“
Do you see what I mean? You don’t DO that, it’s called Warfighting 101, and it’s the basic rule of war. Something like that is nothing more than incompetent military leadership.
NO military leader would do that, yet here we are; Barack Hussein Obama as Commander in Chief and the mainstream news is all over the place with the news of an impending attack and the idea that it has been made public.
So, that got me to thinking, and yeah, I know, it IS a dangerous.
Suppose ISIS went on an offensive all their own? Suppose they decided to launch a suicide bomber campaign in Libya, or on targets in Iraq, or in Europe or the United States as they prepare to take the fight to the Iraqis and the rest of the world in a really big way and want to get their point across?
Some will think I’m wrong in this thought, after all, ISIS is, according to the Obama regime, just looking for jobs and they’re Muslims, a part of *The Religion of Peace* and they would never blow up a bunch of innocent people. Would they?
ISIS can use ONE person to kill many people in a suicide bomber attack, their losses are minimal and their enemy suffers greatly. THAT my friends is what telling your enemy that you plan to attack them, launch an offensive and give them a time frame.
And Obama STILL refuses to call ISIS what it is; a TERRORIST organization.