The liberation of Mosul, Iraq, from the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters is inevitable, Canadian Armed Forces Brig. Gen. Dave J. Anderson of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve told Pentagon reporters here today.
Speaking via teleconference from Baghdad, OIR’s director of partner force development and the ministerial liaison team said, as the U.S.-led coalition continues to support Iraqi security forces’ operations to seize Mosul, that he has “every confidence” in the Iraqi security forces’ ability to retake Mosul.
“The Iraqis have proven time and again they can and will conduct complex and decisive operations and that they have the will to defeat [ISIL],” Anderson said.
Plans are being finalized for Mosul’s liberation, while shaping operations, force positioning, logistics and ammunition and the relentless employment of U.S.-led coalition strikes set the stage for success in Mosul, he added.
“Following the inevitable liberation of Mosul, it will take an estimated 30,000 to 45,000 hold forces for such a large city, employing local police who will serve as the face of security for Iraq,” Anderson said.
Recruiting, Training Increase
“We have stepped up our emphasis on police training and recruiting tribal forces, adding 5,000 local police and over 20,000 tribal fighters,” the general said. Those forces, he added, “will be the key to holding gains and protecting the newly liberated Iraqi citizens, and soon, over a million more to be freed from [ISIL] oppression in Mosul.”