Iraqi forces launch second phase of Mosul offensive against Islamic State

Iraqi security forces on Thursday began the second phase of their offensive against Islamic State militants in Mosul, pushing into some eastern districts where the battle has been in deadlock for nearly a month.

Thousands of federal police troops who redeployed from Mosul’s southern outskirts two weeks ago also pushed into a handful of southeastern districts, state television reported.

“This is the second phase of the operation to liberate Mosul conducted by the special forces, the federal police and us on this front,” General Nejm Jabouri, a senior army commander, told Reuters in a village just north of Mosul.

Since the offensive to capture Mosul began nine weeks ago, counter-terrorism forces have retaken a quarter of the city, the militants’ last major stronghold in Iraq, but their advance has been slow and punishing. They entered a planned “operational refit” earlier this month, the first significant pause of the campaign.

An officer from an elite Interior Ministry unit said on Thursday it was advancing alongside counter-terrorism forces in Mosul’s Intisar district, where army troops advised by U.S. forces had made little progress.

5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Karll says:

    Good. I’m glad to see ME muslims risking their OWN lives to
    take care of their OWN damn problems.

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    2. The Redhawk says:

      BUT sociopath Obama said that MOSUL would be taken in “weeks” 5 Months ago…is he LYING AGAIN??? so far ONE US advisor has been killed …so ” no boots on the ground” was another ‘ You can keep tour Dr’????

      1. Bob in Florida says:

        I don’t want to burst anyone’s comfortable, little, liberal, rose-colored, bubble; but, other than his “Me, Me, Me, I want, I want, I want” spiels, the man has almost no idea what he is talking about.

        1. The Redhawk says:

          Bob you are way too kind by saying ” the man has almost no ideas…” I say this Immature baby has NO FREAKING IDEA of what he is TALKING ABOUT….never has never will and all he does is spread Manure when he talks

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