U.S. sees Iraqi offensive to retake Mosul in April-May time frame




 
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U.S. sees Iraqi offensive to retake Mosul in April-May time frame
 
February 20th, 2015  
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U.S. sees Iraqi offensive to retake Mosul in April-May time frame
By David Alexander and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Iraqi and Kurdish military force of some 20,000 to 25,000 troops is being prepared to recapture the city of Mosul from Islamic State fighters, probably in the April-May time frame, an official at the U.S. Central Command said on Thursday. The official said Mosul was currently being held by 1,000 to 2,000 Islamic State fighters. No decision has been made on whether small numbers of U.S. military advisers might need to be on the ground close to Mosul to direct close air support, the official told a group of reporters on condition of anonymity. Mosul, which had a population of over 1 million people, was captured by Islamic State fighters in June and is the largest city in the group's self-declared caliphate, a stretch of territory that straddles the border between northern Iraq and eastern Syria.

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