The Iraqi forces (ISF) have constantly talked about a frontal assault on west Mosul across the Tigris River, but now it might be done on two fronts. The Joint Operations Command announced that all preparations for west Mosul were completed. It said engineers would construct bridges to bring vehicles into west Mosul. Now new reports are emerging of another attack, which would not require coming under direct fire while crossing the Tigris.
There was quite a remarkable report focuses on the updated hybrid strategy of Iran in the Syrian war. This topic is quite narrowly covered in the media, and interested Americans to demonize Iran itself is quite clear, given the fact that the new White House administration has already identified Iran among the main opponents of the US in the region. However, the report has many interesting points.
Video of DAESH drones for bombardment of Iraqi forces from the air.
The scheme is not new, a similar method was used by “Hezbollah” in the battle for Aleppo.
By 24 January the forces of the Iraqi army and security forces, almost completely occupied the Eastern neighborhoods of Mosul. “Black” continue the resistance only in Rashidi North of the city. Full capture of district business 1-2 days. Part of the 1st infantry and 9th armored division of the Iraqi army crushed the last pockets of organized resistance in the Central districts adjacent to the river, the forces of the police special forces are now conducting a sweep there. The approaches to the destroyed bridges over the Tigris are entirely controlled by Iraqi security forces.On January 22, started to assemble the pontoon bridges for the crossing of the Tiger to begin the assault on the Western part of Mosul. It is expected that the enemy continues stubborn resistance in a dense housing development, which will impede the use of aircraft and artillery. They should expect a new wave of attacks by car bombs.
In three days of operations that began Jan. 18, coalition forces struck 90 watercraft and three barges on the Tigris River in Mosul, Iraq, U.S. Central Command officials reported today.
For the first time after the battle in eastern Mosul, ISIS leader Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi interfered by ordering the evacuation of the ISIS militants in the area, a source told al-Sumaria News.
The unidentified source said Baghdadi has assigned Arab and non-Iraqi commanders to transfer the militants by boat through Tigris River to the right bank of Mosul.
There was continued talk of the new phase of the Mosul campaign in Iraqi papers. General Fazi Barwari of the Golden Division made the bold prediction that all of east Mosul would be freed by the end of the year. Only about 40% of that section of the city is currently occupied so claiming they would go through the remaining 60% in six days is a little unbelievable. A member of the Hasdh al-Watani, run by former Ninewa governor Atheel Nujafi and backed by Turkey, told the press that the new campaign was supposed to start on December 24, but bad weather pushed it back.