The United States has laid out a battle plan to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul in an April-to-May time frame, using some 20,000 to 25,000 Iraqi troops who currently are being trained, a highly unusual disclosure that one intelligence source told WND is “pure lunacy.”
In a teleconference with reporters at the Pentagon, a U.S. Central Command official said brigades of Iraqis along with Kurdish peshmerga forces and Sunni militia will seek to take back Iraq’s second largest city from ISIS, which has held it since June.
The half-hour briefing attended by WND and other media outlets was given on condition that the official could not be identified.
The disclosure surprised many on the call who wondered why details would be released months ahead of the planned offensive.
An intelligence source who spoke to WND also on condition that his identity not be revealed called the disclosure “pure lunacy.”
The source referred to previous disclosures in advance of an attack that gave enemy forces in Iraq time to set up improvised explosive devices.
The Pentagon briefer said that all training and equipping of Iraqi forces now under way will be for taking back Mosul. He said that some six brigades of equipment now are in place in preparation for the expected Mosul offensive in April or May.