Anti-ISIS Forces Already Lost 3,500 Fighters in Mosul Offensive

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According to preliminary data, Iraqi troops and their allies have already lost 3,000-3,500 fighters during their offensive on Iraqi city of Mosul.

Anti-ISIS Forces Already Lost 3,500 Fighters in Mosul Offensive

Jacket belonging to an Iraqi Army uniform lies on the ground in some 10 km of east of Mosul (Photo: AFP)

The storm of the city of Mosul is not so successful: Iraqi troops and their allies approach the city from the north and south, but on the eastern outskirts of the city the same tendencies remain – it is obviously that the operation failed in the form, in which it was being conducted.

According to preliminary data, since the beginning of the operation, the coalition, fighting against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, has lost about 3,000-3,500 fighters (mainly members of the Iraqi Army and the Shia militias), who were killed or wounded in clashes with terrorists, as well as 17-22 tanks (T-72, T-62, T-55, Abrams), more than 120 pieces of light armored vehicles (infantry fighting vehicles, high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (Humvee), mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles (MRAP), bulldozers) and an unspecified number of vehicles, equipped with machine guns.

Losses of IS terrorists are about 1,500-2,000 killed and wounded, about 15 armored vehicles and an unspecified number of vehicles, equipped with machine guns, and bomb-laden vehicles for suicide attacks.

So, in general, the situation turned out to be like in Fallujah, though there was an attempt to avoid this scenario.

A military operation to liberate Mosul from IS terrorists was started in the morning of October 17. A few days before the start of the land operation, the US-led coalition began to carry out airstrikes.

The IS terrorist group captured Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, in June 2014. Reportedly, there are between 5,000 and 6,000 IS terrorists in the city.

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