Saturday, February 18, 2017
More on body count, the Islamic State, their fighting units, etc.
An items of interest as extracted from the Patrick Cockburn article as seen at the Ron Unz Internet web site.
"Mosul Set to be Completely 'Destroyed' in Battle to Free It from Isis"
Four full months now the battle to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul has continued. The combatants of the Islamic State much more resilient and resourceful than anyone had thought possible. Ruthless too. Their tactics seem to work. Those of the Iraqi army not so successful?.
SUCCESS AS REPORTED, BODY COUNT OF ISIL FIGHTERS MUCH EXAGGERATED?
"US reports say that some units of the Golden Division, which is a sort of highly trained army within the army [Iraqi], had suffered up to 50 per cent losses. He [Hoshyar Zebari] discounts official Iraqi claims that 16,000 Isis fighters had been killed, saying that the real figure was probably between 1,500 and 2,000 Isis dead out of a total of 6,000 in Mosul. He [Hoshyar Zebari] thought that they [ISIL] had brought in reinforcements and there were probably 4,000 Isis fighters left who would defend west Mosul, which is home to about 750,000 people"
AS WAS FEARED MOSUL HAS BECOME A CARVE-UP AND MUCH TO THE DISADVANTAGE OF THE IRAQI NATIONAL ARMY?