US-led coalition warns of bloody, long battle in Iraq

Baghdad, Feb 2 (IANS) The battle to liberate the northern Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State terror group will be “difficult, bloody and long”, the US-led coalition fighting the group in Iraq said on Tuesday.

Coalition spokesman US Army Col. Steve Warren told a press briefing here that Mosul was the centre of IS power and “we estimate between 5,000 and 8,000 fighters from IS in Mosul and some parts of Nineveh province”.

Warren said that he believes the IS fighters will fiercely fight back and “there will be difficult battle, bloody battle and will be long one,” Xinhua reported.

Warren pledged to free Mosul from IS militants, but he asked the people in militant-seized city to wait for longer time until the Iraqi troops will be ready carry out their major offensive, saying “it is difficult to say how long we need to free Mosul, but I would like to tell the people in Mosul you will be freed just hold on it will take time”.

He also said that there is no plan to bring more troops in Iraq only if the Iraqi government asked for more troops, stressing that currently there are around 5,600 of the coalition troops; 3,600 US troops and some 2,000 more from other international coalition countries, on the Iraqi soil, all of them were brought at the invitation of the Iraqi government to provide training support and advice to the Iraqi security forces.

Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, has been under IS control since June 2014, when Iraqi government forces stunningly abandoned their weapons and posts and fled.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of or any employee thereof. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here