Sunday, November 30, 2014

US bombing won't liberate Mosul

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Press TV | Nov 30, 2014

The United States’ plans to retake Iraq’s ISIL-held city of Mosul through a “bombing campaign” is “completely absurd,” says a Brazilian journalist.

“If they had good intelligence six months ago, they would have prevented the capture of Mosul by Daesh in the first place,” Pepe Escobar, Brazilian journalist and author, told Press TV on Saturday, using a different alternative for the ISIL terrorist group.

He said it is still “unbelievable” that with its advanced technologies and satellite imagery, the US military “could not identify that convoy going from Syria to Iraq, crossing the desert and then ending up taking Mosul.”

US officials say they have accelerated planning to retake Mosul, and that they could orchestrate an attack as soon as January on the city with a population of nearly 2 million people, using “about 1,000 troops.”

“How are they going to take Mosul? Is it going to be through bombing?” asked Escobar. “This is completely absurd.”

“Mosul is a city of 1.5 million people. It is completely absurd to figure liberating Mosul with a bombing campaign which is what the Americans have been doing so far.”

The Brazilian author pointed to the unsuccessful efforts to liberate the ISIL-held Syrian city of Raqqa, saying, more US bombing would mean more civilian loss.

“They just bombed Raqqa in Syria and they killed a lot of civilians and they have not liberated Raqqa,” he said.

According to Escobar, the only way to capture Mosul would be by ground troops who come from “the Iraqi army from Baghdad and they could have help from Shia communities,” including Iran, “but this is a long-term operation and, in my view, these are the people who would liberate Mosul.”

Ever since Mosul was seized by ISIL terrorists in June, it has been the scene of chaos and paralysis, according to residents.

Earlier this week, the ISIL Takfiri militants executed two female parliamentary candidates in Mosul.

The ISIL Takfiri group has deprived residents in Mosul of all mobile phone communications over accusations that some informants in the city have been tipping off the US-led coalition forces on the militants’ whereabouts.

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