Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Twitter
The Australian/The Times: Iraqi general will leave corridor open for Islamic State fighters to escape Mosul
The Iraqi general commanding the operation to liberate Mosul plans to leave open a corridor for Islamic State fighters to flee the city rather than trap them in an urban battle that would endanger civilians.
Major-General Najim Abed al-Jubouri believes that the city’s hundreds of thousands of residents would be likely to be used as a mass human shield.
“I believe in a corridor,” he told The Times. “If we surround them [Islamic State] from every side they will be pushed to fight to the last. The population is the big challenge for us — so we must fight Isis outside Mosul, not inside.”
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WNU Editor: I guess these earlier reports were right .... Russian Media Is Reporting That The US And Saudi Arabia Will Grant 9,000 ISIS Fighters Free Passage From Mosul To Syria (October 13, 2016).