As it approached the election of the American President, the more the Western press gave news about "coalition coherence" and "endless string of victories" - freed from "the village", 2 km from Mosul victory, took control of the transformer box I have won again, lost two "Abrams" and a company of Iraqi soldiers in just one battle, you also win, because "it could be more".
What we can say today? But to state one simple fact: mention of Mosul in the Western press – moveton. If you open the front page of major American, British, French, German, canadian (etc.) editions, the draw is there any information about the situation in Mosul will not work. The Pentagon gave the go-ahead to freeze the operation until the spring... And if this go-ahead is given, and major Western media for all its activities in this area is also largely "frozen", except in the very rare stories with a simple mention of the existence of Mosul, which is in the West no one cares.
Synchronously, that is to say, work. And, apparently, - according to the formula in which the information component is important only in the case when this is similar to the top American leadership. Well, independent W publications... What we want from them?..
During the "blitzkrieg" from Mosul towards the Syrian Deir-ez-Zor and Tadmor (Palmyra) in time without any obstacles to reach the main forces of the IG. The leaders went out of town for a few days before the coalition itself "blitzkrieg" started. I think to their attention someone brought up about the impending attack on the city? Well, of course not... Just needed to move for personal reasons, and that's all...
Within a few months of "coalition operations" Iraqi army managed to maintain control over the Eastern part of Mosul, to gain a foothold in strategically important areas, to establish a defense on the case after the Western "freeze" suddenly a new force "will be unfrozen" is ISIS. And ISIS was supposed to command the Iraqi army, do thawed. Realizing that the Western "friends of Iraq" at this stage, busy with the domestic insinuations (for example, searches of dirty Laundry in the basket from trump), the terrorists decided to work on the issue of availability of forces, means and enthusiasm of the Iraqi military in the city.
While the Iraqi air force decided to bombed on well-fortified positions West of Mosul, is fighters have used drones, turned into "shock" forces of local "experts". The drones were attached various kinds of bombs, and for the most part American production. And then these drones operators were sent to the Eastern districts of Mosul and without absolutely any opposition in the defense, dumped the head not just on the position of Iraqi troops and convoys of equipment and supplies. So, a few of these strikes was shot down 2 Iraqi tanks, the crews of which, apparently, did not have time to understand from whom they "have arrived" - "friendly fire" or something. This time came the "something else".
While attacking the Iraqi army techniques all carefully monitored, namely being shot with drones with video cameras with high resolution. Does the fact that ISIS is not only important advocacy component of their actions, but the report before, who is this bloody "Banquet" books, and those who financed it. All for the same "reporting" template, which was used by terrorists of "al-Qaeda" (banned in Russia) and various factions of militants in the North Caucasus. Without the report in front of the main sponsors of terrorist operations, apparently had not been considered.
Using boats, terrorists, again without much resistance, provide the return positions on the Eastern Bank of the Tigris. It uses the following tactics: suicide bombers sent by boat to the dam and the areas with the highest numbers of Iraqi troops – committed a suicide bombing. And while the Iraqi troops are looking to understand the situation and regroup, waiting for the aftershocks of suicide bombers, the militants crossing the river at the other site, striking at the flank of those against whom was applied living bomb. This once again proves that the operations of the militants are not spontaneous in nature and each time look more sophisticated, smarter.
Amid new terror ideas are exploited and classic – car bombs, which at extremely high speeds approaching military vehicles of the Iraqi army or the Kurdish militia. There is an explosion – the loss of equipment, loss of men, disrupting the transfer of power from one area of the antiterrorist campaign on the other. During this time, the militants time to regroup, waiting for further actions by Iraqis and Kurds in the sights of sniper rifles and aimed at the position of the grenade launchers or missile systems with guided munitions.
Noteworthy is the response of Iraqi forces that guided missiles have shoot not even the armored vehicles of militants and manpower. Here is a video which demonstrates the process, as well as other footage of the military operation, captured Iraqi military correspondents. Tank battles are in urban areas, and, according to conservative estimates, in Mosul today remain not less than 800 thousand inhabitants. It is up to half of the "pre-war" population of the city.
Map of Mosul, which marked the territory liberated by the Iraqi army.
It is noteworthy that the situation has not changed since January 24. The fact that Iraqi commanders are afraid of their own to throw into the West Bank of the Tiger, and therefore in Baghdad are looking forward to, perhaps, only one: when their allies from the so-called us-led coalition dry up the desire to delve into the dirty linen, and I found the urge to continue the fight against terrorism.
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