Sunday, October 23, 2016
Mosul Offensive II.
Continuing with extracts from the DEBKAfile, the campaign to liberate Mosul NOT going according to plan.
"Iraqi and Kurdish commanders pause Mosul offensive"
"The frontlines to the east of Mosul were largely quiet Tuesday, a day after Iraqi Kurdish forces advanced amid a barrage of United States-led airstrikes and heavy artillery. 'We are just holding our positions,' said Colonel Khathar Sheikhan of the Kurdish Peshmerga, which captured a handful of villages east of Mosul on Monday. An Iraqi special forces commander said his troops had delayed an advance following a request from Kurdish forces for more time to achieve their goals. Iraqi Brig. Gen. Haider Fadhil said his men had planned to move at dawn, but postponed the operation until Iraqi army and Kurdish commanders meet later on Tuesday."
"I don't want any messages saying 'I'm holding my position.' We're not holding a goddamned thing. We're advancing constantly and we're not interested in holding anything except the enemy's balls. We're going to hold him by his balls and we're going to kick him in the ass; twist his balls and kick the living shit out of him all the time. Our plan of operation is to advance and keep on advancing. We're going to go through the enemy like shit through a tinhorn." - - G. S. Patton.
THE IRAQI AND KURDISH COMMANDERS HAVE TO MEET FIRST. NO UNIFIED COMMAND. UNFOCUSED ENERGY AND FORCE NOT CONCERTED!!