Joint Iraqi and Kurdish military force preparing to retake Mosul from ISIS in May




The operation to retake Iraq’s second largest city from Islamic State militants will likely begin in April or May, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday. It will involve about 12 Iraqi brigades, or between 20,000 and 25,000 troops.

Laying out details of the expected Mosul operation for the first time, the official from U.S. Central Command said five Iraqi Army brigades will soon go through coalition training in Iraq to prepare for the mission.

Those five would make up the core fighting force that would launch the attack, but they would be supplemented by three smaller brigades serving as reserve forces, along with three Peshmerga brigades who would contain the Islamic State (ISIS) fighters from the north and west. Read more…

More about Iraq, Isis, Us World, Islamic State, and Mosul