‘IRAQI MILITARY ARE PLANNING 80,000 TROOPS ADVANCE TO LIBERATE MOSUL ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSUL – Nov.18 – An Iraqi military operation to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will be launched at the start of the new year, Iraq’s Nineveh governorate council has announced.

Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, council member Ghazwan Hamid said around 80,000 troops will be involved in the offensive, and that preparations for the operation were already under-way.

Iraqi soldiers who fled their posts in Mosul upon the city’s capture by ISIS back in June will be reintroduced into the Iraqi Army as part of the operation, Hamid said.

Members of the Nineveh police force will also be involved, as will fighters from the Kurdish Peshmerga, “who will be contributing to the operation by capturing the Nineveh plains area [which borders the northern and eastern regions of Mosul], and then surrounding the city from every direction.”

Training camps for the operation have now been set up in the Kurdistan region, Hamid said, adding that many of those currently being trained were previously members of the Iraqi armed forces.

“As for the rest, they comprise volunteers and members of Nineveh’s police force, all of whom need intense training in order to ready them for the upcoming battle,” he said.

Mosul is the Nineveh governorate’s capital city.

#ANS2014 

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‘ IRAQI SECURITY FORCES RECAPTURE BAIJI OIL REFINERY FROM ISLAMIC STATE ‘

#AceWorldNews – IRAQ (Mosul) – Nov.18 – Iraqi security forces entered the country’s largest refinery for the first time on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

' Baiji Oil Refinery in Mosul '

‘ Baiji Oil Refinery in Mosul ‘

“The anti-terrorism force called Mosul Battalion, entered Baiji refinery for the first time in five months,” said police colonel Saleh Jaber.

Government forces had battled militants of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), who had surrounded it, for months.

State TV showed what it said was live footage of the complex from outside its walls.

#ANS2014 

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Iraq: ” Former British Intelligence Officer Denied he made `Death Threats` and `Fired Shots` While Questioning Iraq Detainee’s”

#AceWorldNews says a former British military intelligence officer denied at a public inquiry Thursday that he had made death threats and fired shots while questioning Iraqi detainees in 2004, Reuters reported. The man, referred to as “M004,” said the methods were used to disorient detainees, but denied beating or physically threatening the Iraqis. He was giving evidence at the long-running Al-Sweady inquiry into events during and after a battle in southern Iraq on May 14, 2004.

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What does a man gain when he considers…

What does a man gain when he considers war as the only option! These words awoke me today, to all that l can hear, but as a nation of nations, we do so much to create wars by being right, is not greed the real reason!
These wars are not just against countries like #syria or #iraq but shopping malls bear witness to people fighting over a pair of shoes, or someone wanting the only car-parking space, so war is in the blood, man is born out of tyranny, and so believes in war as the only option!

If l win used to be the battle cry of embittered generals now so embroiled in daily conflict, but now they call out, when we win, as win we will! Is this not just their ego talking, like children with words like my tank can blow up your tank, because its bigger!

So what about the gain, or should l really say the shame, the real victors are not the generals or the politicians, who behind the scene politically motivate others to follow their edict! As their reason given is for the people to be free, but don’t they know, or even care about the real losers, as theses are the widows and orphans, the innocents, whose lives are disrupted for ever! As ever more bodies of their family members continue to pile up, and create evermore displaced families! They just wanted a quiet life to live out their years in tranquillity! These are the ones who just happened to live in this country, were born in this country and hoped when they were old to die in this country! Not to end up burying their son who is younger than them, sometimes in an unmarked grave, for fear of reprisals!

So l ask, as so many have asked before! Will committing your country to war for your own reasons, gain anything for these people?
So to all those that eventually sign the edict, or agree they are doing it for the right reason, just maybe sometimes being right, is not what we should be doing, especially when being right kills so many innocent people!

So l say shame on all those that use war, as an excuse, to play the human rights card, as so many have already died in other pointless conflicts, and if some duly elected president, prime minister or misguided politician or general, says its the only way, l say #peacebewithyou as the beginning of any war, starts with being right and ends with death!

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