Iraqi parliamentary panel opposed the role of US troops in the liberation of Mosul

July 22, 2016 3:00 pm

The file photo shows a view of the Iraqi parliament in session. ©AP

An Iraqi parliamentary panel
has opposed the role of troops in the liberation of , saying
’s armed forces can recapture the Daesh-held city on their own.

Iraq
“has sufficient forces to free its cities, including Mosul, from the
grip of Daesh terrorists,” MP Nayef al-Shammari told Arabic-language
al-Malouma network on Friday.
“Iraqis have already retaken Tikrit, Fallujah and the neighboring city of Ramadi,” he added.
The
MP, a member of parliament’s Security and Defense Committee, said Iraqi
troops and volunteer forces are currently carrying out an offensive to
liberate Mosul from Daesh terrorists.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said Iraqi troops were now on their way to Mosul ahead of the planned offensive.
The
premier stressed that his government sought to press ahead with “the
fight against terrorism, over which we have registered numerous
victories, liberating our cities one after the next.”
His remarks
came as top diplomatic and military officials of a US-led coalition
purportedly fighting Daesh gathered in Washington to discuss the Mosul
battle.
“Mosul will be the ultimate test,” Brett McGurk, the US
special presidential envoy to the coalition told defense and foreign
ministers from more than 40 countries.
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has recently said his country would send 560 more troops to Iraq to help recapture Mosul.
“These
additional US forces will bring unique capabilities to the campaign and
provide critical enabler support to Iraqi forces at a key moment in the
fight,” Carter said during a visit to Baghdad on June 11.
Critics
have questioned US deployment of new troops, citing Washington’s
failure to commit troops when Daesh was overrunning Syrian and Iraqi
cities one after another.

Iraqi government forces are seen after recapturing Zankura northwest of Ramadi from Daesh terrorists on June 16, 2016. ©AFPIraqi forces hope to first secure areas surrounding the city before mounting a broad offensive.
In
a lightening advance, Daesh managed to seize large swathes of land in
the northern and western parts of Iraq in 2014. Mosul fell to Daesh
terrorists in June that year.
Iraqi army soldiers, backed by
volunteer fighters, have been fighting to win back militant-held regions
in joint operations. They have made significant victories against the
terrorists in recent months.
On Thursday, Defense Minister Khaled al-Obaidi said less than 10 percent of the Iraqi territory remains in the hands of Daesh.

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