The US and its allies have killed between 800 and 900 ISIS fighters in the operation to retake Mosul, US Army Gen. Joseph Votel said Thursday.
HAWAII INTELLIGENCE DIGEST, 28 October 2016, 05:15 hrs, UTC, Post #8.
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Major General Joseph Votel tells CNN that ISIS/ISIL fighters defending the strategic northern Iraq city of Mosul have sustained between 800 to 1,000 casualties in the ongoing struggle to control this oil rich area of Iraq. General Votel says between 3,000 and 5,000 defenders are engaged in the battle, with approximately 1,500 to 2,000 fighters outside the city trying to disrupt military operations of the Iraqi army.
Votel adds that special “suicide squads” from the ISIS/ISIL-controlled city of Raqqa in Syria are being used to slow down the progress of the attack.
Once Mosul is secured, there is speculation that Iraqi army and special forces units will try to seize Raqqa and thereby split insurgent forces into at least two major groups. If ISIS/ISIL forces lose Mosul, much of the oil revenues used to buy weapons and internet bandwidth will be compromised.
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