I have tried Yahoo, AOL, and Asian connections to acquire the latest status on the Mosul Offensive. Feed-back information and updates are old and stale from October through November. It appears the news is censored. Iraq nor the Pentagon are releasing bulletins. I have wondered if Iraq’s second largest city had fallen? Finally through another search engine I received a statement dated 6 December by Defense Secretary Ash Carter, ‘Mosul can be taken before Trump takes office.’ And ‘in the face of considerable ISIS counter attacks.’
Recall there were supposedly only six thousand dedicated ISIS in the entire Mosul area surrounded by near 100,000 coalition and Iraqi forces. A Pentagon release last week stated during the past two years 50,000 ISIS type fighters have been killed as well as many of their top leaders.
The offensive has been ongoing for more than eight weeks. In October the Iraqi PM announced ‘The moment is near for the recapture and liberation of the city.’ More realistically at the time Carter stated Mosul should fall before the end of the year. It’s strange the Media hasn’t picked up on the contradictory story. Perhaps it is too embarrassing. This appears to be near a resemblance to WWII and Korean War censorship when the news is less than good Next? Anyone for Ragga?
An oddity by the Trump gang: His security briefings are provided by ex-army General Flynn, his Security Advisor nominee and not by the conformable Obama Administration. Perhaps a little Trump paranoia exists or distrust between them. As a pair of Dragnet LA detective use to say during investigations ‘only the facts ma’am.’ Also, noted is master billionaire corporation raider Carl Icahn has been named Trump’s economic adviser. (Isn’t that like sending a rabbit to the store to buy a head of lettuce?)
In the meantime Trump quickly responds to the German terrorist truck attack, and continues to dispatch daily benign and or vicious tweets to friends and foes. One has to admit Donald has extraordinary Public Relations. If Adolf Hitler had these communication means we’d all be talking German, and ethnic Jews would be a footnote in history.
All the Best.