TO RLT 27//COC/CMD
FROM DODGE CITY OSCAR POPPA
SUBJ BATTLEFIELD AUDACITY--WHO'S IN CHARGE HERE..??
(FIREBASE RODES, MAKHMOUR)--As if there are not enough autonomous units and ad-hoc self-styled militias already miscommunicating their way through the TAOR, now we have the so-called "Popular Mobilized Forces", the PMF, playing its card:
REUTERS--"We think the battle to liberate Mosul will be huge, complex; it will be about guerrilla warfare in built-up areas, which only PMF fighters are good at ..., as forces may be fighting house to house, room to room," the spokesman, Jawad al-Talabawi, said in an interview on Wednesday in Baghdad.
The PMF are Iraqi Shiites which does not bode well for the sectarian makeup of the population of Mosul. As for the claim that only the PMF has urban warfare capacity, that remains to be seen as the regular army has not been given the opportunity to demonstrate its capability in close-quarter combat.
This is reminiscent of the de facto status quo of the many diverse units operating in Libya during Operation Odyssey Dawn that has since plunged that country into sectarian division and chaos.
Adding more independent units on the ground will make deconfliction even more difficult as each will ultimately interfere with the others' objectives, exacerbated by the lack of centralized command and no clear tactical blueprint.
The command vacuum exists because the coalition, Inherent Resolve, is not the clearinghouse for the operation but is the responsibility of the Iraqi government; there is no clear cut command other than some "Joint Forces" agreement. In addition, a number of self-styled wannabes such as the 1st New Allied Expeditionary" whatever has appeared on the scene without being invited. Those need to be spirited out of the TAOR immediately, partly because of the disinformation being spread by the 1st Allied.
There is no guarantee that the PMF will be of any use as well and needs to be given a steer clear order unless it wants to fall under the Joint Forces command umbrella.
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