Mo­sul troops re­in­forced for new push against ter­ror

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

MO­SUL | Iraqi forces stalled for weeks on the edges of Mo­sul have been bol­stered by re­in­force­ments and are now ready, along with elite spe­cial forces, to launch a stepped up, three­p­ronged as­sault against Is­lamic State group mil­i­tants in the city’s eastern sec­tor, end­ing a two-week lull in fight­ing, a top Iraqi gen­eral told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

The planned as­sault aims in part to over­come stiff re­sis­tance by the mil­i­tants that has slowed ad­vances in the more than 2-month-old of­fen­sive to re­cap­ture the north­ern city, the last main bas­tion of the Is­lamic State group in Iraq.

So far in the Mo­sul of­fen­sive, Iraq’s coun­tert­er­ror­ism forces, which are by far the mil­i­tary’s most bat­tle-sea­soned unit, have done most of the fight­ing, push­ing in from the east. But reg­u­lar army troops on the city’s south­east and north­ern edges, as well as fed­eral po­lice farther west, have not moved in weeks.

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