(Washington Times) The Army general who oversaw training of Iraqi troops says the rushed mission to retake Mosul from the Islamic State this spring is doomed.
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero said Mosul is booby-trapped with explosives and controlled by thousands of suicidal fighters. Evicting them will take a coordinated ground and air campaign with precise intelligence on enemy locations. It is a combat mix that Iraqis simply lack the ability to execute in accordance with an announced U.S. Central Command timeline to attack Mosul in April or May.
"They could be ready to attack. I doubt they’d be successful," Mr. Barbero told The Washington Times. "Two months is clearly inadequate to think that they could start offensive operations of any effect in Mosul."
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