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Battle of Mosul the beginnings and results 7

Features of military plan drawn up by the command of the international coalition  and oversaw on  its   implementation with the Iraqi military and security forces  began to be clarified in  the nature of the   events and actions taken place  on the main axes of  the command of Nineveh operations  and after the announcement of  these formations   for  the starting of  the second phase on 29 December 2016 and taking   the required  and field procedures to speed up the  operation of cleansing   and control of all the residential neighborhoods on the left coast of the city of Mosul after they were stumbled for many reasons  represented by the   size of the sacrifices made by the attacking troops across the eastern axis and the nature of the defenses and interfaces adopted  by the elements of  Daesh in  facing  the  attacking force through  many of the pictures that were  represented by the first fire lines, and  car bomb and motorcycle , and after that the confrontation by medium and light weapons, and the population density of civilians and the nature of the close  construction   of houses and subways and main  streets that impede the progress of military units, ambushes and fires  packages  and tunnels prepared by Daesh fighters and snipers stationed on the roofs of high-rise buildings and some residential buildings overlooking the Public and the main streets of the city.

Hence, we can read the new features of the second phase, which were represented as follows:

1.Support  the effectiveness and activity of the northern axis, which stationed throughout the past two months in the waterfalls area(Shalalat area), specifically near the Abbasid hill and was able to control the axis of Sada and  Baoizh which is considered the front face to enter the residential neighborhoods located and extending into the northern axis, and for this we saw that the fighters of the  division 16 and guard of Nineveh were able to advance effectively and backed  by US and French artillery  that its range of up to 45 km towards the control of the first neighborhoods which is the Hadba neighborhood  where  the security  formations  of the force  were managed  to tighten  its control over the northern edge of the neighborhood Hadba of residential apartments in which to extend its influence in the Cairo neighborhood as it seeks to comb and cleanse these neighborhoods to complete its tasks  by the completion of the neighborhood  of Hadba  and advance  towards the Arab neighborhood.

 

  1. The obvious field picture was completed of the activities of the  ninth armored division  and with the participation of the Federal Police fighters in the southern  and the eastern sector and they  managed  by   continuous air support from the command of the international coalition and  the Iraqi air force  and with the participation of bombers (B-52) and the F-16 in supporting and enhancing   the progress done by the formations of the Federal Police and its  full control  of  the neighborhoods (Intisar- judaydat al mufti -sbaawi) and tightening of its influence in the neighborhoods (Methaq- al-wahda- al-Ataba -Baath) with continued fighting and fighting to regain control  on  al-Salm hospital and in  order  that the forces  to continue  its march toward the bank of the Tigris River.

3.Support the east axis, which is one of the main axes that had a main role in the process of achieving progress toward many of the neighborhoods of the left Sahel region, especially after the control and entry to the  area of Alecoqgele.

And the second stage in this axis  was marked to  the rearrangement  and the structure of anti-terrorism forces and its capability   to control the neighborhoods ( al-Quds-  al-Karamah-industry Muthanna-al-Rifaq) These achievements put these forces in a large and intense clashes marked the stages of entry to these neighborhoods because of the intensity of defenses and  field  supports of  Daesh fighters who pulled out  from  the neighborhoods mentioned by aerial and artillery bombardment fire from coalition aircrafts and US artillery.

The  field commanders  of this axis  are seeking of intensifying its activities to be parallel with what was started by the south-east axis of access to the bank of the Tigris River and the confluence of the two axes at the intersection of Third and fourth bridge.

4.The  basic obvious  characteristic  is the field deployment of American advisers  and increase their effectiveness in enabling the security and military forces to carry out the stages of the plan, which  placed tightly ,and this is  the second phase of the attack within the main four axes  surrounding the city of Mosul ,and     these forces  were  backed by formations of US forces of  engineering  and intelligence experience  and supplemented with fighters from the units of US special forces   that formed a strategic and ground depth managed   through it to   the  promotion of progress and support in clearing several residential neighborhoods in the area of the left Sahel   and  the US squads  are becoming  the supportive   and directive  to the progress of the Iraqi units.

  1. Because of the escalation of military operations and increase the effectiveness of aerial and artillery bombardment , the  proportion of victims and martyrs among the local population of the city of Mosul have been increased as a result of the fall of mortars by the attacking forces and defending adding to the  aerial and artillery bombardment of the planes of the international coalition which led to the high number of the displaced people   by  155 thousand of the displaced people and those lacking the most basic decent living requirements due to the failure of the Ministries of Commerce, Health and Displacement and migration to provide what  the displaced families need  from food supplies, blankets, fuel and medical supplies to help them as they are in it .

The unity of the Iraqi Studies

Translated  By Mudhaffar  Al-Kusairi

Rawabet Center for  Research and Strategic Studies