A member of the Kurdish peshmerga forces stands guard at a security point on Mount Bashiqa, overlooking Islamic State-held territories in Mosul, March 7, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)
Mark Perry, Politico: Get Ready for Obama’s ‘October Surprise’ in Iraq
If Iraqi and Kurdish troops—with stepped-up U.S. support—retake Mosul as planned, it could be a big boost for Hillary.
The American public could be treated to a major U.S.-led military victory in Iraq this fall, just as voters are deciding who will be the nation’s next president—but U.S. military officials insist the timing of the operation has nothing to do with politics.
Iraqi and Kurdish military and paramilitary units are preparing for a push on Mosul, the Islamic State-held city that is now in the cross hairs of the U.S.-led coalition battling the terrorist group across the Middle East. “The idea is to isolate Mosul, cut it off, kill it,” a senior U.S. Central Command officer told me.
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WNU Editor: Mosul is not going to fall in a few days/weeks .... and if my information on what is happening on the ground in Iraq is accurate, any major offensive against Mosul is still weeks/months away.