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Iraqi Kurdistan Needs US to Develop Clear Plan for Retaking Mosul

© AP Photo / TGMWI Kurdistan Regional Government Qubad Talabani
Qubad Talabani - Sputnik International
The Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)is confident that its US allies are working diligently on formulating a military plan, most likely with the Iraqi government, but the Kurds want to ensure that the strategy to retake Mosul is well thought through, according to KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani.

Kurdish Peshmerga soldier aim their weapons during a military training session held by Dutch army trainers at a shooting range, at Bnaslawa Military Base in Irbil, northern Iraq, Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - Sputnik International
Kurdish Peshmerga to Play Helping Role in Mosul Liberation - Official
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) needs the United States to develop a military plan that includes a clearly defined command structure for the offensive to liberate the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani said on Thursday.

The US-led coalition against the Daesh has been preparing an assault to retake Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq.

"We are requesting…that we have a clear understanding who is going to play what role in this plan and what the chain of command structure is for any military operations to liberate Mosul," Talabani stated at a conference hosted by the Wilson Center in Washington, DC.

Talabani noted that the KRG is confident that its US allies are working diligently on formulating a military plan, most likely with the Iraqi government, but the Kurds want to ensure that the strategy to retake Mosul is well thought through.

The view from a helicopter as it flies above the dam in Mosul, Iraq. - Sputnik International
US Anticipates More Support Needed in Fight for Iraq's Mosul
On Wednesday, KRG Interior Minister Karim Sinjari said that Kurdish Peshmerga forces would participate in the offensive to recapture Mosul, albeit they are not planning to go inside the city itself.

The town of Mosul has been held by the Islamic State, or Daesh, since 2014, and served as the terror group’s stronghold inside Iraq.

Coalition leaders have been reluctant to indicate a time-table for the city’s liberation. Over the past 18 months, the coalition has retaken a number of cities surrounding Mosul in an effort to choke off outside support to the Islamic State.

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