Pentagon Says First Day of Battle to Retake Mosul Went as Expected

تم نشره في Tue 18 October / Oct 2016. 12:00 AM
  • A side of the Mosul battle - (AFP)

WASHINGTON — A Pentagon official late Monday announced that Iraqi forces were "ahead of schedule" after the first day of battle to retake the city of Mosul from the Daesh terror group.

But Pentagon spokesperson, Peter Cook, warned at the same time that it is a bitter battle and it could take some time, adding that "By midday they had achieved roughly what they had intended to do… it is day one, it’s early, but this had kicked off certainly the way the Iraqis had hoped." The coalition against Daesh intends to drop seven million leaflets in 48 hours over the city, which Cook said would either warn civilians how to flee or have "some specific guidance as to the safest place to be in your homes, if there’s air strikes or artillery or if the fight comes to be in your neighbourhood." The Pentagon official explained that US Special Forces are playing a supporting role in the offensive, some giving coordinates on enemy targets for airstrikes.