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Iraq’s Prime Minister says they are preparing to retake Mosul from ISSI / Daesh

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says its armed forces are preparing for an offensive to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State (IS) (Video Link Here)
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Mr Abadi told the BBC he hoped Mosul would be liberated in a few months’ time, and with a minimum of casualties.
Mosul, which was home to more than a million people, fell to IS last June.
Mr Abadi also said he had been “a bit frustrated” in his first few months in office by the slowness of international help for the fight against IS.
But in recent weeks, he added, the situation had changed for the better.

Co-ordination

Mr Abadi replaced his party colleague, Nouri Maliki, as prime minister in September. Mr Maliki, also a Shia Muslim, was widely criticised for alienating Iraq’s Sunni Arab minority by pursuing sectarian policies.
Iraqi security forces on Anbar-Najaf border
Iraqi security forces, trained and backed by the US military, have been trying to retake territory from IS
IS is believed to have capitalised on that alienation when it captured large parts of northern and western Iraq last summer, routing the army.
Soldiers and allied Shia militiamen have now begun to retake territory north of the capital Baghdad with the help of US-led coalition air strikes, while Kurdish Peshmerga forces have made advances around Mosul.
In an interview with BBC World Affairs editor John Simpson, Mr Abadi said Iraqi government forces were “planning an offensive on Mosul in the next few months”.
However, he did not specify when the offensive might be launched, saying that he hoped it would be before the end of the year.
The timing of the assault depended “on the situation on the ground” and “our own preparation”, he said.
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Analysis: John Simpson, BBC world affairs editor

Haider al-Abadi gives the impression that he wants to run Iraq as rationally and unemotionally as he ran his engineering company during his exile in the UK.
His predecessor, Nouri Maliki, was often accused of pushing the sectarian interests of the Shia population. Mr Abadi says he is determined to end sectarianism, and to govern in the interests of Iraq as a whole.
Is he right to be optimistic about winning back Mosul?
Islamic State is being pushed back right across Iraq, and although it still controls around a quarter of Iraqi territory it no longer inspires the terror it once did.
Last June, when IS fighters attacked Mosul, the Iraqi army just ran away. Now, the Abadi government is confident that the army, together with civilian volunteer fighters from across the country, can win Mosul back over the next few months.
If that does happen, it will be a staggering blow to Islamic State.
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Mr Abadi said the operation’s success would also hinge upon close co-ordination between Iraqi security forces, the US military, and the Peshmerga.
“We don’t want problems in liberating Mosul, or friction in that sense,” he explained.
IS fighters parade in MosulI
Daesh fighters have held Mosul, one of Iraq’s largest cities, since last summer
The Iraqi leader said he initially wished that the US-led coalition could have acted faster in the campaign against IS.
“I was a bit frustrated in my first three months of being a prime minister because of the slowness of this support.”
But, he said, it had improved in the last four or five weeks, adding: “I think the air campaign has increased in its quality and intensity.”
Mr Abadi ruled out the need for US ground troops in the campaign, saying his country needed other forms of help, such as weapons and training.
He also said he opposed closer involvement from other countries in the region in the fight against IS.
Map showing airstrikes against IS in Syria and Iraq since 8 Aug 2014
“We welcome their support, but not for these countries to get involved inside Iraq.”
“We will end up having not only helpers on our hand, but countries and intelligence agencies and armies trying to achieve their own interests.”
Despite Mr Abadi’s assertion, regional Shia power Iran has played a key role in countering IS inside Iraq. Tehran has sent Revolutionary Guards to advise the Iraqi security forces, Iranian pilots have carried out air strikes, and Iranian-backed Shia militia have been mobilised and armed.
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Independent Online Terrorist Hunter I teach people how to hunt down and shut down the Bad guys web sites. I also teach about the various countries and cultures. Like most cases it is a small group of bsd eggs that in this case call themselves Muslims but in actual fact they are more like how KKK call themselves ",True Christisians". But in both cases / groups they preach a perverted and twisted view a religion. In the case of ISIS, all Qaeda, al Nusra, and the rest of the terrorists who claim to be true Muslims most of these groups follow the Wahhabi teachings. They are almost all Sunni and their goal is global domination. Yet they must be very bad at math and history. Since most Muslims prefer a separation of church and state and also mist are against Shari's Law. Esp the twisted and overly exaggerated form of Sharia Law that the Wahhabi and other bad guys use. I have studied terrorism, insurgencies, and the best tried and proven methods that work to fight terrorism. My Blogs have many links and articles that can show you who are the best and most knowledgeable people in the fields or counterinsurgency and counter terrorism. When I find great practitioner's I always listen to them to find out who they learned from and who they respect and admire. Thus I am always learning new stuff from the best and most successful in their fields of knoeledge. I strive to be an open and ethical source of information, I have met many awesome, kind, caring, and loving wonderful people many who I am close friends with now from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Iran, and many from S.E. Asia which also has a high percent of their populations that are Muslim.We must always strive to be aware people are not any one particular religion via that's what they chose to be, instead most people are a particular religion because that's what their parents and/or county is. I was raised Catholic but because I became Interested in magic ,(illusion - smoke n mirrors) and science which lead me to study many religions, and I would call myself an atheist. Yet sometimes when I lose my keys ZI find myself praying "Hail Marys" and a few "Our Fathers" which most always aides me in finding my keys. My belief is that if I just frantically look around for my krys, good luck it takes me for ever. But by saying these prayers it is like s sort of meditation and my mind becomes more calm, which is why it helps my find my keys.

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