Iraq Launches Military Offensive To Retake Mosul From ISIS; Up To 1 Million Refugees Expected

Tyler Durden's picture

Moments ago, Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi publicly announced the start of an offensive to retake Mosul, the capital of Islamic State's caliphate in Iraq. US troops are said to be playing a "supporting role" in the offensive, with the Iraqi army and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters making up the bulk of the 30,000-strong force.

Washington recently announced the deployment of 600 additional US troops to help with the city's recapture, bringing the total number of US force management personnel to move than 5,000, according to the Pentagon.

"The hour has come and the moment of great victory is near," Prime Minister el-Abadi said in a speech on state TV, surrounded by the armed forces' top commanders. "I announce today the start of the operation to liberate the province of Nineveh."

The assault on Mosul is backed the U.S.-led coalition and could be one be the biggest military operations in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.It is expected to last several weeks if not longer.

"We are proud to stand with you in this historic operation," Brett McGurk, U.S. envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, said on Twitter at the start of the Mosul offensive.

Mosul is the last major stronghold of ultra-hardline Sunni group in Iraq. With a pre-war population of around 2 million, the northern Iraqi city is the largest city Islamic State has controlled after it declared a "caliphate" in Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014.

The launch of the offensive does not come as a surprise to anyone, and certainly not ISIS, after leaflets declaring "Victory Time" were dumped over the city on Sunday. Local media outlets reported earlier over the weekend that the Iraqi army and allied militiamen may start the offensive against the ISIS “capital” in Iraq on Monday. The International Red Cross warned the move could create a million refugees.

The operation to drive Islamic State out of Iraq’s second-largest city Mosul was due to start “early on Monday,” Sky News Arabia reported citing sources in Iraqi Kurdistan. Similar reports have been filed by Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency, citing Iraqi government sources. The action is set to be backed by the US-led anti-IS coalition. However according to RIA, which cited a military source, the operation might be delayed, since the terrorists are now allegedly aware of the exact plan. The jihadists have hence “booby trapped roads” to Mosul forcing the Iraqi military to change plans, the source adds.

But the biggest question is where will the up to 1 million refugees go. Around half of the city's original population of more than 2 million remain in Mosul, and most of them could flee once fighting begins, which would create another refugee crisis and what one representative has called "one of the largest man-made displacement crises of recent times," according to CNN.

Camps are reportedly being set up to accommodate those who leave the city.

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nmewn's picture

No boots on the

onewayticket2's picture

everything is politicized.....

nmewn's picture

I suppose so, if Hillary wasn't a politician there would be no foreign donations into the Clinton Foundation.

TeamDepends's picture

So we are funding and fighting against ISIS? Genius!

nmewn's picture

This is some real New School thinking right here, just in time for Hillary to say "Ayep, I approve this message. I was for arming ISIS before I was against it. Just like NAFTA & TPP! What difference does it really make!"

(Followed by a round of sycophantic media applause)

FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) nmewn Oct 16, 2016 7:03 PM

Wrong coordinates on that firebomb at GOP (Grab Our Pussies) HQ in NC

nmewn's picture

Casualty of war, it happens, we'll get it right next time ;-)

Manthong's picture

I was worried for a while, there..

Mosul is the diversion they needed to take attention away from the fact that the Russians were ready to go toe-to-toe with us in Syria.

And methinks there would have been a big toe square up the US butt.

Loftie's picture
Loftie (not verified) Manthong Oct 16, 2016 7:29 PM


philipat's picture

Hey Loftie, previously known as mofio then santafe then Aristotle of Greece then Gargoyle then bleu then oops then most recently lance-a-lot. I see you have now introduced Jack McGriff (member for 1 week) to post complimentary responses to Loftie so I’m guessing that Jack McGriff will be your next name now that Loftie has been exposed? It also explains how you can now give yourself two upvotes instead of the previous one? It also means you will be able to “Talk to yourself” again. I miss those old self-conversations between mofio, santafe and Aristotle of Greece but they do say that talking to yourself is the first sign of mental illness?

You are a serial spammer and a serial pain in the ass. Might I politely suggest that you go fuck yourself? And get a life.

PS. You might have noticed that my attempt to expose you for what you are is always the same. That’s because your Spam is always the same (Using fake links to your BS site which has no connection to your comments, which are deliberately dramatic to encourage people to click on the fake link) so it seems only fair that my exposure of your crap should also always be the same. An eye for an eye.

Ms No's picture

This phenomena isn't referred to as "weapons of mass migration" for nothing.  They are going to use the suffering and bombardment of cities as weapon against other civilians and cities, and then accuse Vlad and Assad of crimes against humanity when they free Aleppo from western backed terrorists who are using the civilians there as human shields.  I guess maybe they don't call this organized crime syndicate "The Great Satan" for nothing.

jefferson32's picture

ISIS fighters will be allowed to flee Mosul and retreat to Syria under agreement made with the US. US agreed a deal for the safe transfer of 9,000 terrorists, Russia claims. Russia says agreement is on the premise ISIS fights Russian troops.

maxwellsdemon's picture

Loftie is merely pointing out the RELIGIOUS CRAZINES of the Zionazi's


What's your problem with that?


Every group that has tried to take over the world has had it's own ideology, rational or irrational, behind it.  Loftie is just pointing out to the newbies what has been obvious to us for so many years

maxwellsdemon's picture

Also when ever the connection is made between Israel, Zionism, perpetual war, debt enslavement, then instantly a spam post against it pops up !!!!  Wow

maxwellsdemon's picture

phillipat; you are just a another stinky Hasbara troll.    Get over it; each day thousands more wake up in this country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

maxwellsdemon's picture

Loftie; you are making the correct connection between Zionists and the Nazis, and hence their name is appropriately 'ZioNazi'

maxwellsdemon's picture

Exactly, and also to keep the ZioNazi dream of a US base blocking the New Silk Road's access to the Mediterranean

roadhazard's picture

But no, Obama wants to retake Mosul as a big win to leave office with. He does not care about Syria as much as you want him to engage Russia there. Syria is Hitlery's baby.

TeamDepends's picture

In Cloward-Pivenspeak they call it the "Tijuana Facelift".

Manthong's picture down, bottom up... with Tobasco,

Anybody notice that Van Jones is back talking trash?


max_leering's picture

I know of nobody that who listens to that moronic negroid??... wasn't he, along with the Magic Negro, the creator of the new FSAoS?... the Free Shit Army on Steroids

auricle's picture

Crazy to see that the plebs can vote for a continuation of neocon failed policy. We are going to get what the morons vote for.

Mr. Bones's picture

Right before the election Obama finally wants to mop up.

TeamDepends's picture

Commie News Network will doctor up some Wag The Dog footage of Barry charging up a hill and bayoneting Al Bagdaddibadman and saving the world for social-er, democracy. "He is clearly the greatest American war hero of all time, greater than any cracker."- Wolf Blitzer

ClassicalLib17's picture

With zero coverage of innocent civilian deaths from the MSM

Escrava Isaura's picture

TeamDepends: So we are funding and fighting against ISIS?


Divide And Conquer/Rule: A way of keeping yourself in a position of power by making the people under you disagree with each other so that they are unable to join together and remove you from your position. A small minority have continued to govern by a policy of divide and conquer.



TeamDepends's picture

Thank you Brazil Nut, for exposing ZH to this radical concept of "divide and conquer". Dayumnnn, so they would, like an atom in a giants fingernail, try to divide us, with the ultimate goal of er, (gulp), conquering us?

toady's picture

The MIC is making money hand over fist. 

nmewn's picture

You do realize Mzzz.Leeds is a Hillary supporter and past Obama supporter, right?

So I guess what was true then is still true now, if you drag a hundred dollar bill down the aisle of first class...


Mazzy's picture

"everything is politicized....."

In other words: "We (who exactly?) are proud to stand with you (you don't stand for shit, just another agent of the zionist agenda) in this historic operation (so who benefits, where da money at?)"

RiverRoad's picture

"It should last several weeks if not longer".   Over on 11/6-7 for a Sunday night TV victory special?

Or will it be a "Don't change horses in the middle of the stream,"  Special?

Lumberjack's picture
Should soldiers' votes get counted? That's not as easy as you'd think ...
The Washington Post 

Nov 11, 2015 - For most of U.S. history, military personnel have not been able to vote. State laws and constitutions often specifically restricted military ... EVERSOLE: Military votes don't count - Washington Times

The Washington Times 

Apr 16, 2012 - Military voters must feel like Bill Murray's character in Groundhog Day. ... Shockingly, the Voting Section took no real action against these ... RYUN: Obama suppressing the military vote - Washington Times

The Washington Times 

Nov 5, 2012 - Overseas military absentee voting was abysmal in 2008 — only 20 ... that the Obama administration had “not established all the [assistance ... Why some military personnel ballots may not be counted | Cronkite ...

Aug 24, 2016 - Why overseas military personnel ballots may not be counted ... Under the Help America Vote Act, the ballots of military and overseas voters are ...

nmewn's picture

Quick! Somebody wake up the Messiah & Hillary's Deep State press corp...there's actually breaking non-political-hack-donor-patronage-anti-groping nuuuz going on out there!

No boots on the ground...lmao!

Lumberjack's picture

Gotta get the military deployed pronto so their votes don't count...Unless KIA, than some fucking illegal or liberal will cast votes for Hillary in their names.


BTW, Wikileaks tweeted pgp keys a little while ago. Looks like they will be needed to unlock files in an upcoming release. 

Lumberjack's picture

WL just put this up.

the pgp keys may be a deadman switch. Have no doubt that many powerful folks want his ass really fucking bad.

max_leering's picture

didn't ISIS get a free pass, under UN direction, to leave Iraq and move down the road to Syria?... with their rifles in hand, if I'm not mistaken?

10flippers's picture

Next step is the 600 US troops get taken out by Russia??

johmack2's picture

yes i can see that coming....the "stray" russian missle ends up in iraq killin american soldiers

Mazzy's picture

It wouldn't even come close to being justified, not considering the scale on which we've been blowing up hospitals, funerals processions, weddings, and schools.  If it gets to 60,000 US troops getting hit with stray missiles as "collateral damage" we might begin to consider calling it even, but even then it wouldn't be close to fair to the innocents who've died.

FWIW I used to wear the uniform, but now I actively speak out against "serving" these dark masters and encourage young people not to sign up.  Anyone wearing the uniform now or thinking about doing so is a fool.  Know what you're getting into kiddos.

Lumberjack's picture

Russia accused of ‘posturing’ as its warships head for English Channel

Note: the following headline is a breaking WSJ article. Just copy paste to your browser to avoid paywall.

U.S. and U.K. Consider New Sanctions on Russia Over Syria

homonohumanus's picture

Russia searches support, they could find it through thhe Britany independantists. If it comes for the worst (it won't turn nuclear till their borders are seriously threatened) every body will be busy and USA may be crazy but Russia know that they can let EUrope (with France falling first) fall to muslim hands. 
You would need sport to smuggle weapons in. 

sun tzu's picture

Yet when Syria attacks ISIS, it's an atrocity and humanitarian crisis. Right now the US and Saudi Arabia are bombing the majority Shiites in Yemen as they try to keep ISIS out of their country. The Axis of evil is the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. The EU is the lapdog along for the ride similar to Nazi Germany's satellite allies during WWII. 

mkkby's picture

These refugees are a perfect match for chicago, detroit, baltimore and ferguson.  Plus, sprinkle a few in every county that votes republican. 

Just leave them on street corners.  It worked so well in paris.


nmewn's picture

You'll save $2,500 a year!

nightwish's picture

What a brilliant plan. Conduct illegal wars through clandestine means, tear apart the middle east so no enemies remain for Israel, fund it through us taxpayer money that eventually works its way to all sides of the conflict, thereby wrecking every sovereign state in the region so its occupants either die or flee to countries where they end up disrupting largely homogenous populations and inciting those populations against islam while further indebting our country. I couldn't plan this better if i were the devil himself.