Iraq's Defense Chief Says Mosul Battle Needs Peshmerga Coordination

Iraq's Defense Chief Says Mosul Battle Needs Peshmerga Coordination

Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi said that the battle to liberate Mosul city from the Islamic State (ISIS) will require cooperation between the Iraqi army and Peshmerga as forces increase gains against the terror group in northern Iraq.

Obeidi was in in Washington for the Global Coalition’s meeting of Defense Ministers in Washington, where he said the battle for Mosul needs “special planning and modern warfare techniques” for a large city with the population of almost two million.

Part of that planning could include Shia paramilitary forces known as the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) or Hashid al-Shaabi.

“Mosul Battle requires eff coop w/ Pesh forces, & any PMFs participation will be in accordance w/ mil plans & decision of Commander in Chief,” Obeidi tweeted as on Thursday.

In addition to planning, the defense minister said the fight “critically needs” various ammunition as well as “significant, precise air support” from Iraqi and Coalition warplanes, along with effective intelligence.

Hopes for a successful fight are high though with ISIS’ control over Iraqi territory down to just 10 percent down from a high of 40, Obeidi added.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said on Wednesday that the goal of the Coalition’s meeting was to plan to take the militant group's bastions in Iraq and Syria.