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Kurdish Peshmerga surround Mosul from three sides

ISIS targets in Mosul now in range of Peshmerga guns

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters inspect a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launcher as they take control of the area, on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq, on February 6, 2015. (Reuters/Ari Jalal)

Feb. 2015 – Erbil, Asharq Al-Awsat—Kurdish Peshmerga forces have surrounded Mosul from three sides ahead of a planned operation to liberate the city from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) control, a senior Peshmerga official said.
In comments to Asharq Al-Awsat, Peshmerga Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Jamal Mohamed said: “Over the past few months, Peshmerga forces have been able to make significant advances east, west and north of Mosul and our operations there have completely cut off ISIS from these areas.”
“Our forces are now very close to Mosul. In some cases we are no further than 10–15 kilometers [6.2–9.3 miles] from the city and are in control of all the main bridges in the [surrounding] Eski and Al-Kasak area, which is the main link between Mosul and Tal Afar,” he added.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces have been gradually advancing on Iraq’s second city, which has been under ISIS control since June 2014. Baghdad has also moved forward with controversial plans to form a National Guard to assist in the ongoing fight against ISIS, with Kurdish Peshmerga forces also entering a new phase of training after receiving renewed pledges of foreign military assistance.
Italy’s top defense official Luigi Benelli Manetelli on Tuesday pledged that his country would provide arms, ammunition and advanced weaponry to Peshmerga forces, while more than 50 Italian military experts are already providing Kurdish forces with training in the semi-autonomous region. Canadian and US experts have already trained as many as 4,000 Kurdish policemen, a local official said. The new Iraqi and Kurdish forces will not only assist in the fight against ISIS, but seek to ensure that any liberated territory does not fall back into ISIS hands.
Peshmerga Col. Kamran Hawrami told Asharq Al-Awsat: “We are in control of the final point of the Eski and Al-Kasak areas. Our next move will be towards Mosul, and we are just waiting for orders to be issued.”
“ISIS positions within Mosul are now within range of our guns and missiles, and we are continuously targeting them,” he added.
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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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