3 months needed to rout daesh
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3 months needed to rout Daesh

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Displaced women, who fled the Daesh stronghold of Mosul, stand behind the fence to receive aid at Hassan Sham camp, east of Mosul, Iraq
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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi said on Tuesday it would take three months to rout the Daesh terror group, as US-backed forces battle to dislodge the militants from their city stronghold of Mosul.

Abadi previously said the city would be retaken by the end of this year but commanders say the operation has been slowed by the need to protect civilians who have mostly stayed in their homes rather than fleeing as was expected.

Asked to respond to comments by a commander of the US-led coalition that it would take as long as two years to eliminate Daesh and its cells in Iraq and Syria, Abadi said: "The Americans were very pessimistic. They used to talk about a really long period but the remarkable successes achieved by our brave and heroic fighters reduced that. I foresee that in Iraq it will take three months."

More than two months into the operation, elite Iraqi soldiers have retaken a quarter of Mosul, but entered a planned "operational refit" this month.

A US battlefield commander told Reuters on Monday Iraqi forces would resume their offensive in the coming days, in a new phase of the operation that will see American troops deployed closer to the frontline inside the city.

Mosul, the largest city held by Daesh anywhere across the once vast territory it controlled in Iraq and neighbouring Syria, has been held by the group since its fighters drove the US-trained army out in June 2014.

Besides Mosul, Daesh still controls the towns of Tel Afar and Qaim as well as Hawija and the surrounding area.

The fall of Mosul would probably end Daesh’s ambition for a self-styled “caliphate”, but the fighters could still mount a more traditional insurgency in Iraq, and plot or inspire attacks on the West.

source: The Jordan Times

 

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