TO RLT 27//COC/CMD
FROM LIBERTY BRIDGE FWD
SUBJ THE DISINFORMATION WAR--WHICH WAY TO THE FRONT?
(FIREBASE RODES, MAKHMOUR)--
The latest from the front lines are reports that the Iraqi army, the 15th Division, retreats at the sound of gunfire. The perpetrators of this unsubstantiated report appears to be Fox News:
"The Iraqi Army commenced an assault on ISIS strongholds around Mosul, but when ISIS fired back, the Iraqi Army ran away and the assaults ended," a western, Iraq-based security and defense specialist told FoxNews.com of last week's failed offensive. "So now they are regrouping and rethinking their next options."
The official account is that command has decided to dig in and wait for police and local militia to provide security for areas that have been cleared of enemy fighters. Fox News does not provide the name of the so-called security expert.
Fox News goes on to add the opinion of some ad-hoc, self-styled paramilitary type attached to the Kurd forces in the TAOR.
Yakhi Hamza, director of The 1st New Allied Expeditionary Force, a volunteer aid organization that includes Western and Allied Veterans and works with the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, said the aborted Mosul campaign showed the Iraqi army still may not be ready for battle.
"They retook some territory but fled shortly (afterward,) during the nighttime," he said. "There hasn't been progress so far."
This so-called "1st New Allied.." group is nothing more than ex-Canadian NCOs that have joined the regular combat units, in particular the Kurds, and have no tactical inside info on the campaign. It is doubtful, Hamza and his cohorts even have the necessary security clearances to allow them access to classified information on the battle plan.
The 1st New Allied, formerly, the "1st North American.." needs to be removed from the theater of operations as it has no formal position in the command structure, much less the rank to be able to make calls on the progress on the ground. If it wants to address the status to Fox News, no surprise that the network would stoop to such an unreliable level to paint a completely inaccurate picture of the battlefield situation..
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