By John Lee.
Iraq’s defence minister, Khaled al-Obeidi [al-Obaidi] (pictured), criticised the US on Sunday for announcing that an attack to reclaim Mosul from the Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL) was likely to take place in April or May.
According to a report from The Guardian, he said that military commanders should not show their hand to the enemy, adding that the timing of the assault was for Iraq to decide.
He told a news conference in Baghdad:
“This is urban warfare and we have civilian populations. It is very important to take time and accuracy in setting the plan for this battle.
“A military official should not reveal the timing of an offensive ... The battle for Mosul starts when preparations are complete, and selecting the time is up to Iraqi military commanders.”
“I don’t know where the American official got this information … They absolutely do not have knowledge on this issue."
(Source: The Guardian)