"will be a bloodbath...for two years they (ISIS militants) have been digging tunnels...planting IEDs, booby-traps, everything."
"Mosul: Iraq's National Battle Versus ISIS's Apocalyptic Battle"
From Colonel Austin Bay as seen at Strategy Page the long-awaited offensive to liberate the city of Mosul now at hand?
"The battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul pits Iraq's disparate and often divided collection of combat forces (backed by a U.S.-led coalition) against the genocidal fanatics of ISIS."
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"Throughout history, fanatical commanders have used the apocalyptic combat narratives as dramatic political and psychological tools. The looming battle is a fight over stakes so categorically precious and fundamental that negotiation, retreat or surrender are not options, militarily or morally. and recruits."
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"Iraqi officials indicate everyone will have a chance to join this national effort to liberate Mosul. Popular Mobilization Units will supplement the Iraqi Army and Kurdish peshmerga main force units. There are around 40 PMU militias, most of them Shiite, but there are also Sunni Arab, Yazidi and Arab Christian militias."
THE ISLAMIC STATE HAVING UNIFIED, CONCENTRATED AND FOCUSED ENERGY [COMBINED WITH FANATICISM] AND THE COALITION FORCES WILL NOT?
A PRINCIPLE OF WARFARE BEING UNITY OF COMMAND WITH AN AGREED UPON PLAN. THIS WILL BE TOTALLY LACKING IN MOSUL WHEN THE COALITION FORCES MAKE THEIR ASSAULT. OFFENSIVE ACTION CAN ACHIEVE RESULTS BUT DEFENSE THE STRONGER FORM OF COMBAT, EASIER TO DO WITH LESS!!
Eisenhower fearing coalition warfare and taking great measures to insure harmony among the western allies during World War Two a primary motivation for his actions. IN IRAQ IT WILL BE SAME, WHOEVER IS IN COMMAND? I FEAR NOT!!