Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Battle for fallujah is over, the battle for Mosul has already begun.

(Iraq) A senior Iraqi police commander on Sunday declared the western city of Fallujah fully liberated from the ISIS terrorist group after a more than month-long offensive. federal police chief Raed Shaker said Iraqi forces and the allied Hashd al-Shaabi -- an umbrella group of Iraqi Shia militias -- have managed to liberate the city from ISIS terrorists.
 “Security forces have imposed full control of Fallujah after fierce battles that inflicted heavy losses on ISIS.”
In April, the Iraqi army, backed by U.S.-led warplanes, launched an offensive to recapture Fallujah from ISIS, which overran the city in early 2014. Iraq has suffered a devastating security vacuum since mid-2014, when ISIS captured the northern city of Mosul and overran large swathes of territory in the northern and western parts of the country.

With the battle for Fallujah now virtually over, the Iraqis will now concentrate on pushing out ISIS from Iraq's second city of Mosul which has been under the jackboot of ISIS for 2 years. This they commenced in March and which saw the second phase kick off 6 days ago and already they have made good progress. Currently they are fighting to retake the town of Qayyarah , 60 kms to the south of Mosul. Which with its airfield would allow the Iraqi military to use their air assets at a huge advantage regards time on station. ISIS it appears has lost the ability to intimidate their Iraqi opponents  , which explains why over 1300 ISIS thugs have been killed during this offensive ((Not counted due to start date outside Ramadan by 3 months) trying to stop the Iraqi Military from advancing. The latest being today when 25 terrorists were taken out around  Qayyarah.

Ramadan death toll is now at 7,616