IRAQI COALITION FORCES ‘WON’T BE ABLE TO DEFEAT ISIS’ UNTIL THE SUMMER

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(The Independent newspaper) The operation to oust Isis from its last stronghold in Iraq may not be completed until the summer, several observers have said, as attempts to drive militants from the city of Mosul have slowed to a gruelling street-by-street fight.

The US-led coalition is currently facing fierce counterattacks including suicide bombings, sniper fire and improvised explosive devices (IUDs) which have caused heavy losses. A perceived lack of pre-battle planning before Operation Inherent Resolve began has also been criticized.

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