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Indications of Wag-the-Dog Operation in the Battle for Mosul

City of Mosul in 2004

Mosul fell to ISIL forces on June 10, 2014. After a year and a half delay, a slow grind offensive to retake Mosul started on March 24, 2016. The initial order of battle and the makeup of “ISIL” has been variously put at 7,000-10,000 militants within Mosul City and 5,000 more in the surrounding suburbs and villages. Arrayed against them were 200 U.S. Marines (tactical support only); 500 military advisers; 20,000 to 25,000 Iraqi Security Forces soldiers; 10,000 Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers; and 600 NPU fighters. In the last offensive buildup, about 100,000 coalition troops (including 5,000 US) planned to retake the city.

The Wikipedia narrative for the ongoing battle of Mosul is laid out here, and all the links to news accounts are available in the page’s footnotes.

The cover, terrain and villages near Mosul

As you read the chronology, note that almost all of the fighting is in surrounding villages and towns near Mosul.

The terrain in this region outside of Mosul is flat and treeless, offering no cover for shifting of ISIL forces, reinforcing or for tactical maneuvers. It is not a good urban fighting environment either, so I fail to see much tactical advantage to militants in using this ground for combat. ISIL would also be tracked by drones, satellite and aircraft. Further, ISIL is outnumbered three to one and has to contend with the aircraft overhead and occupy a city of one million at he same time. Finally they were outnumbered 10 to one, yet a large group of them somehow slipped out to Raqqah as well.

The following excerpts from “news accounts” give the flavor. I will mention examples from April, 2016 when about 700 militants were killed. What about the wounded? You can read on in Wikipedia for subsequent months. There are a number of examples in which ISIL’s tactical and strategic command were eradicated as well.

April Sampling

2 April: Announcement that 40 ISIL militants were killed by Iraqi forces in different regions south of Mosul. Later on the same day, the Iraqi Army managed to kill 30 militants in the village of al-Nasr.

5 April: Coalition aircraft bombed training headquarters belonging to ISIL near the Grand Mosque in the city of Mosul, resulting in the killing of 50 fighters belonging to ISIL, as well as destroying their headquarters completely.

6 April: Iraqi security forces from the army’s 15th brigade, Peshmerga and tribal fighters resumed military operations in al-Nasr village south of Mosul, killing 70 ISIL militants. 

7 April: The Iraqi government released footage that showed an airstrike conducted by the coalition forces in Mosul, which destroyed a bridge that was being used to ferry supplies by ISIL. In addition, many other roads and bridges used as supply lines by ISIL were cut off. On that same day, U.S.-led coalition aircraft carried out an air strike targeting a laboratory of chlorine-filled rockets, chlorine gas and other toxic materials belonging to ISIL in al-Saawiya village in Qayyara district, killing 30 of fighters who were inside the laboratory and destroying the laboratory completely.

9 April: At least 30 ISIL militants were killed by coalition airstrikes in Mosul. Two airstrikes struck an ISIL defensive fence in Al-Haj, south of Mosul, killing over 20 militants, pulverizing the base. Ten ISIL militants were also killed when coalition jets pounded another site in the al-Mahanna district, to the south of Mosul.

16 April: A coalition airstrike killed Imad Khalid Afar, a senior ISIL commander and adviser, near the Salam Hospital.

18 April: U.S. and Peshmerga forces carried out a raid in Hamam Alil, to the south of Mosul, killing three ISIL militants. One of them was Salam Abd Shabib al-Jbouri, the top ISIL commander in Mosul. 

27 April: The Iraqi Army captured Mahana, a village in the Makhmour area located southeast of Qayyarah. The clashes and the aerial bombardments at Mahana resulted in the deaths of 200 ISIL militants. On this same day, the Iraqi Army shelled a gathering belonging to ISIL in Khayata village, in the Qayyara district, killing 35 ISIL militants.

29 April: The Iraqi Army repelled an ISIL counterattack on the villages of Mahana and Khardan, killing 91 ISIL militants.

Continuing on, in just one day (May 3), 200 more militants were reportedly killed. Throughout the rest of May, about 250 more were killed. In June more “senior” ISIL officers were killed. The ISIL casualty counts in these “village battles” were vague until Aug. 15, when 165 more were reportedly killed. On Aug. 16, ISIL’s “Minister of Media,” Abu Aed al-Shami (how absurd), was killed during the offensive. On Aug. 17, ISIL was hit in Mosul, where approximately another 100 were killed. This goes on and on until now, with several thousand more ISIL fighters falling.

City of Mosul

Occupation of Mosul: Meanwhile, as ISIL is allegedly being badly punished by coalition forces out in the villages, they have to hold Mosul. There are a million people reported to be in the city under ISIL occupation. You can see from this city photo (at left), the occupation obstacles of the small and now diminished ISIL contingent. In addition, ISIL is facing 100,000 troops.

In 2016, I went through the Warsaw, Poland, 1944 Uprising Museum. This is when I realized how preposterous the whole Mosul story was. Incredibly, we are asked to believe this entire city is largely passive for over two years while being threatened with beheadings and ISIL terror. In reality, they would have long ago been well supplied with air drops and other means to resist what’s left of the ISIL occupation force of 7500 in the city. At minimum, elite commandos from the Iraqi Army would be operating inside Mosul. At minimum, ISIL would be severely distracted and bogged down, if not overrun. The media has put out reports about the Mosul Battalions or Resistance inside the city, but then we hear that they are rather impromptu and poorly armed. This is ludicrous on its face.

In the Warsaw uprising (also one million civilians at the time), the Germans brought in one of their best veteran combat units, the 25,000-man Hermann Goering division to fight armed civilians. They also had to keep an eye on Soviet troops on the other side of the Vistula River. Germany lost this division in the fight with 12,000 dead. The Poles lost 300,000 and the whole city was destroyed. In an event of this magnitude, we would already be getting considerable evidence of a huge fight from within Mosul. In my open search, I can spot very little. What I do see looks synthetic. It looks like Mosul is under some form of news black out. In the Warsaw Uprising, plenty of news and reports came out.

For perspective removed from the Kosher-fed dream world, here is real combat footage from the Warsaw Uprising. Has anybody seen any Iraq footage even remotely resembling this?

Instead, the footage offered from the Mosul “offensive” looks contrived. It is always off in the distance and remote. I have looked at several hours worth and readers can, too. I am left shaking my head in disbelief. Where are the combat cameramen? In WWII, as illustrated, they were right there on top of the deadly action. That’s what they did in the real world.

Scene from movie ‘Road Warrior’ looks about as credible as ISIL footage.

The following is a comical story of an ISIL road warrior “suicide” vehicle. Who would believe that hard-pressed ISIL would use resources to weld this metal farce together? What knucklehead would believe that this would be effective in a real battle? I thought ISIL had already “captured” whole fleets of vehicles. What Hollywood set did this come from? Earlier in the year there was a preposterous story about an Australian suicide bomber named “Jihad Jake.”

I find this next video quite surreal. With a force of 100,000 well-equipped troops, plenty of open terrain in front and air superiority, why would it even be necessary to dig a big trench in this spot against what’s left of ISIL? Wouldn’t it make much more sense to deploy and entrench much closer to the city?

Military experts, please feel free to chime in here, because I just don’t get this script at all. Why is all this military intelligence even out there? It shows a military staging next to easily recognizable towers. The footage looks rather animated and synthetic as well. And this comes from Russian media, suggesting they are “in on it.” It may also suggest that the power players have agreed that Iraq will be partitioned and balkanized into three states: Kurd, Shia and Sunni. Curiously, the Turks have not been invited to participate in this Mosul facade, odd man out. Topping it all off, despite ISIL being cornered and severely outgunned, the coalition will leave an escape corridor open so that it can high tail it into Syria. Whodathunk?

Next, we have absurd footage of an ISIL drone being shot out of the sky. It looks like paper mache. Again, we hear about “intense fighting” and this paper “drone” is what we are offered. Then surprise, surprise in this war is a racket sucker born every minute fakery, we learn that the Air Force bought a mysterious weapon from Israel to shoot down ISIL drones.

Are you kidding me?

In the next video, an ISIL communication tower is shown being blasted from the air. Really? After seven months of “intense combat,” they finally got around to this now? You would think ISIL was the Russian Army. And what’s with the short-range, out-in-the-open, staged-looking mortar fire? Compare the casualness of the soldiers here with the Germans in the real war footage from above.

Here is footage from the notorious Zio Sky News after “ferocious fighting” at one of Mosul’s nearby towns. About all we are offered is a pajama person yarn about how crack ISIL snipers focused fire on tiny windows in the armored vehicles. At 1:00, we are offered a view of a crude lean to, which is alleged to be a fighting position bunker for “ISIL.”  At 1:30, we are offered a shed with a hole in the ground. Maybe a military expert’s reading could explain how this wouldn’t be completely smothered with even the smallest bomb or artillery-round hit? Naturally, an atrocity story (against Christians) is then tossed in for good measure.

Winter Watch Takeaway: This was a very odd scene to piece together. Regardless, there were abundant and obvious fabrications and wag-the-dog elements in play.

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5 Comments on Indications of Wag-the-Dog Operation in the Battle for Mosul

  1. Saddest line in the above is “… this comes from Russian media, suggesting they are ‘in on it'”

    One of the greatest disappointments of recent years is indeed Russian media, so glossy & well-funded, yet so often sticking weirdly close to the USA-Nato line, despite nominal ‘dissidents’ such as the West itself does … We never got the global ‘truther media’ many hoped, from the Russian venues under Netanyahu’s great friend, Chabad-supporting Vladimir Putin … heir to the fake ‘Cold War’ of bribed Russian elites since the late 1940s, who were ‘The Best Enemy Money Can Buy’ (Antony Sutton, great truther from 60s – 70s – 80s)

    On limited-hang-out but sometimes-very-radical-truth Veterans Today, Gordon Duff recently accused Russia Today, Sputnik News & Russia Insider of all being ‘infiltrated’ … but is it that they are ‘infiltrated’ by the West, or rather than Putin maybe China & Brics are all NWO at the top, as the Daily Bell site evocatively & intriguingly argues … all ‘geo-politics’ a scam

    • Sadly the latter I’m afraid, Whatever battles among them that are, it’s more about who will be on top than anything else, because they all want complete control. I might consider that the American Khazarian crime syndicate has trashed global economies to a point where maybe it needs to go, but there will always be other Khazarian groups surrounding leaders to continue the fleecing of humanity. Putin is surrounded by his posse, Jinping by his. I have read that more and more Khazarians are appearing in China and the Chinese are particularly surprised and concerned by it.

      Do you think there are any truly White hats and forces for good out there? I can’t decide.

  2. ISIL/ISIS are nothing more than the proxy forces of the Zionist cabal. They will never be destroyed as long as they have a role to play in the destruction of the middle east and the bringing about of the “Greater Israel Project” and the much desired NWO.

    All US presidents since the end of WWII have been fully on board with the plan, yes even the highly praised JFK and Ronald Reagan.

    I cannot say enough about Charlotte Iserbyt and the following video. The planned “Sovietization” of America has been in the works for a very, very long time and is all but complete. If you want the story from someone who has been there, this video is for you.

  3. Some real, actual war crimes committed in Iraq:

    The explosive demolition of the al-Askari mosque, one of the holiest sites of Shia Islam, blown up by SOCOM terrorists 2-22-06. The object was to try and start a Sunni-Shia war.

    The introduction of the ‘suicide bomber’, also by SOCOM. These creeps would wait at a US checkpoint, and when a female driver pulled up and went inside to have her papers checked, SOCOM would put a radio-controlled bomb in the trunk of her car.
    They would then follow her at a safe distance and when she passed a fat target like a school, a market or a group of Shia pilgrims, they would detonate the bomb.

    A variation on this theme was to zip-tie a fresh dead Iraqi in a car, not just any car but one rigged with both a bomb and FPV controls.His hands would be zip-tied to the wheel and his neck to the headrest post. When he stiffened up, which only takes an hour in that climate, off he would go to ‘drive’ into a parade of Shia pilgrims, and BOOOM!
    It finally worked. They got their Shia-Sunni war.

  4. If the Americans were held to the same standards as the Germans who were punished before Nuremberg by having entire cities with all their inhabitants burnt to the ground, and after Nuremberg, had their leaders hung for “wars of aggression”, “crimes against humanity” etc. then the entire USA from sea to shining sea should be nuked to oblivion, and any of its mafia bosses who escape the inferno should be hunted down wherever they are and strung up on light poles. THAT would be justice.

    But “justice” is only ever meted out by the powerful, so that will not happen until there is a change in the balance of power. If Russia and China are indeed “in on it”, you can forget about it. Justice will never happen. Not meaning to be pessimistic, but it is what it is.

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