U.S. es­ti­mates 2,000 mil­i­tants killed, wounded in Mo­sul

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QAYARA AIR BASE | Iraqi and U.S.-led coali­tion forces have killed or gravely wounded more than 2,000 Is­lamic State fight­ers in the bat­tle for Mo­sul since Oc­to­ber, the top U.S. com­man­der in Iraq said Sun­day.

Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend told re­porters there are still an es­ti­mated 3,000 to 5,000 Is­lamic State fight­ers de­fend­ing Mo­sul. He ap­plauded the ef­forts of Iraqi se­cu­rity forces, who be­gan their of­fen­sive on Oct. 17 in what has been billed a de­ci­sive phase of the anti-Is­lamic State fight.

“By our cal­cu­la­tions, we think we have killed or badly wounded over 2,000,” Gen. Townsend said at a joint news con­fer­ence with De­fense Sec­re­tary Ash­ton Carter at Qayara air base.

Gen. Townsend dis­puted any sug­ges­tion that the Is­lamic State has man­aged to fight the Iraqi gov­ern­ment forces to stand­still in Mo­sul.

He said U.S. in­tel­li­gence es­ti­mated be­fore the Mo­sul cam­paign kicked off in Oc­to­ber that the Is­lamic State had 3,500 to 6,000 fight­ers in the city.

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