Saturday, June 18, 2016

Scenarios to liberate Mosul city, military sources

Baghdad/ Iraq TradeLink: Iraqi military sources reported that the forces moved this morning towards
Nineveh province to participate in clearing the province from Da'ish (ISIS) gunmen, particularly in Shirqat and adjacent areas.

The new military movements are part of the plan made and supervised by the international coalition to liberate Mosul city.

The sources disclosed that 70 tanks were moved to Nineveh provincial areas from Salahal-din province.

Military expert Staff General Mohammed al-Jbouri pointed out that the Iraqi forces were moved for two directions, the first is the international highway that connects Tikrit with Mosul cities and the second to the west through the desert to reach Hatra areas.

Iraqi military expert Staff General Mohammed al-Jbouri, ex-army officer, pointed out that the Iraqi forces heading for Mosul city is moving into two main directions, the first towards the international highway that connects Tikrit with Mosul city and the second towards the west desert till reaching Hatra area to cover the rear of other armed forces from Da'ish attacks, then to move to the east towards Qayara cross-section, 50 kilometers to the south of Mosul city.

General Jbouri added that the Iraqi forces will encounter a problem for reaching its targets in Qayara area, because the area is desert-like with no population concentrations or towns, except the areas to the north of Beiji city.

"The international coalition took Qayara air base as the center for Mosul Liberation Operations", he clarified.

Qayara air base is one of the best air bases in Iraq which was used by French Mirage planes. It overlooks the main four routes that lead to Nineveh province, as well as connecting with the bridge that leads to Arbil city.

General Jbouri clarified that the Iraqi forces in Tikrit areas will control the western side of the Tigris River, while the forces coming from Makhmour area, south east of Mosul, will control the eastern side of the river.

"In other words, it is possible to build a bridge between the two sides to facilitate the movement of the forces between the two banks", he elaborated.

"Da'ish gunmen will not be able to threaten the Iraqi forces, except in minor cases like the bombed vehicles or long-range bombardment from the artillery gained when occupying Mosul's city two years ago", General Jbouri added.

As concerning Shirqat area, 110 kilometer north of Tikrit city, General Jbouri pointed out that the area will collapse because Da'ish supply lines will be completely cut off, as well as for Haweeja area in Kirkuk province.

"The US-led international coalition's forces will have the upper hand in liberating Nineveh province", he added.