Iraq forces launch new push on IS in west Mosul

Iraq forces launch new push on IS in west Mosul

Iraq forces launch new push on IS in west Mosul

A US official and an official from the Iraqi government told the AP this week that talks about keeping USA troops in Iraq were ongoing.

The Iraqi Counterterrorism Service has been clawing its way from the south, and the goal of the new operation is to force the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, to fight in multiple directions and collapse its defenses.

Leaving some kind of residual USA force in Iraq would be in tune with President Trump's assertion during the presidential campaign that it was mistake for the U.S. to not leave a residual after it 2011 withdrawal.

However, the western part of Mosul, with its narrow streets and heavily populated neighborhoods, appears to be a bigger challenge to the Iraqi forces.

Citing U.S. and Iraqi officials, The Associated Press reports that talks are ongoing, but the agreement could conclude that, in contrast to the U.S. withdrawal in 2011, a longer-term presence of U.S. troops is needed to ensure security in Iraq.

Iraqi forces thrust into west Mosul from the north, opening a new front in the more than six-month-old offensive to dislodge the Islamic State group from the country's second city. At the height of the surge of USA forces in 2007, there were about 170,000 American troops in the country.

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According to an Iraqi official, the United States troops would continue to be designated as advisers to avoid seeking the approval of the Iraqi parliament. Iraqi army commanders said there are 11 neighborhoods in west Mosul left to capture.

In March, the Trump administration announced that it would cease disclosing information about the scope and size of future U.S. troop deployments in both Iraq and Syria, just days after Pentagon announced it was sending an "unspecified" number of troops from the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division to support Iraqi security forces.

The militants are now besieged in the northwestern corner of Mosul which includes the historic Old City, the medieval Grand Al-Nuri Mosque, and its landmark leaning minaret where their black flag has been flying since June 2014.

"I am looking at trying to strike right in front of him as well as deep, even into Old Mosul". "The final aim is to retake the area where al-Baghdadi proclaimed the caliphate", said Jamjoom.

Calling the USA forces in the country advisers also helps Abadi get around the rule requiring parliamentary approval for foreign combat troops to operate in the country, the Christian Science Monitor points out.

Iraqi forces supported by the US-led worldwide coalition have moved to the final assault on Mosul as the forces try to retake the town from terrorists still staging resistance.