January 4, 2017 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org – For those few who are still following the developments in America’s numerous foreign wars, the epic “battle” for the Northern Iraqi city of Mosul, might serve as the poster child for the feckless foreign policy of the Obama administration as well as being a sigil representing the almost unbelievable cowardice and ineptitude of the so-called Iraqi army [Iraqi Security Force, ISF in Pentagonese] as it continues to pretend that it really intends to reclaim the key city which has been largely held by ISIS since 2014 and under varying degrees of “siege” since.
As we noted in June of 2014 when the Sunni terrorist group commenced its attack by targeting Christians:
“A definitive example of what's happening has occurred in the city of Mosul, where over the last two weeks thousands of Christians have been forced to flee as ISIS took over the city.
"According to CNN , militants believed to be from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) took control of the airport, government offices, and TV stations. Iraqi police and soldiers fled from the onslaught. The militants freed around 1,000 militants from the Mosul prison.
The Iraqi government has asked the United States for help, under the terms of the Strategic Agreement. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki has asked the parliament to declare a state of emergency and called on all able Iraqi men to come out and help defend the country.
While the majority of Mosul’s 1.8 million inhabitants are Sunni Muslim, the city has historic importance for the world’s Christians. Mosul encompasses the ancient city of Nineveh, which is first mentioned in Genesis 10:11: “ Ashur left that land, and built Nineveh". It was to the city of Nineveh that God sent Jonas to preach repentance, and in the end the city was saved from destruction." [source, Katie Gorka, Apocalyptic Assault by Islamist Militants Underway in Mosul , Iraq, Breitbart] [source, O bama Lied, Christians Crucified]
Reading the “battlefield reports” coming from the area over the last two years brings to mind Lyndon Johnson using a deliberately concocted “body count” of supposed NVA and VC casualties in Vietnam to hide the fact that the war wasn’t going well at all.
Over the last 24 months various ISF commanders have reported like clockwork that this or that district of Mosul have finally [not to mention valiantly] been “liberated” giving the appearance that the battle is nearly over when the next update claims that only a quarter of the city may be under government control, whatever that actually means on the ground.
Earlier this year Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had confidently boasted that the city would be fully under control of Iraq’s central authority before year’s end, perhaps lost in the translation is exactly what year the PM was referring to as ISIS still controls the city.
What is especially disheartening about the Mosul operation is that though American assistance has been limited to a few air strikes every so often accompanied by training provided by Spec Op types to the ISF, the real failure is with the force itself which has taken cowardice to an entirely new level in this seemingly endless war.
It seems that the ISF has determined that its role in the conflict is to serves as the official armorer of ISIS, leaving billions of dollars of high tech U.S. military hardware behind as it fled various confrontations shrieking like third grade girls.
Now once again, after a two-week ceasefire taken for no apparent reason, the ISF and its allies [most effectively those from Iran and elements of the Peshmerga] is preparing to “take” Mosul. As Al-Jazeera reports, the action will be the largest ground operation since 2003’s U.S. led Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Noting the cognitive dissonance within the Iraqi leadership, while the PM has now amended his prediction of taking the city before the end of 2016, now claiming that the job will be done sometime near March, one of his most important field commanders said the operation to root out ISIS might take two years, or longer:
“Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had pledged that Mosul would be recaptured by year's end. That goal that is now out of reach, as operations in western Mosul have yet to begin. Abadi said earlier this week that three months were needed to eliminate ISIL in Iraq.
However, Lieutenant-General Stephen Townsend, the general commanding coalition forces in Iraq, predicted that it would take two years to clear ISIL from Mosul and Raqqa, and then to burn out the remnants of the group.” [source, Iraq resumes Mosul operation after a two-week lull]
So when, if ever will ISIS be driven from Mosul?
ISIS will leave Mosul on its own time table. It has integrated itself into the city’s population [formerly nearly two million residents] so successfully that barring a willing departure, the city would have to be obliterated to accomplish the task.
Again harkening back to the conflict in Vietnam, “the ISF will have to destroy the city to save it,” something we see little inclination to do.
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