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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Iraqi forces say they're "tens of meters" from retaking Mosul

Baghdad -- Iraqi military commanders say their troops are "tens of meters" away from defeating ISIS in Mosul. This comes one day after a major counterattack was mounted by the militants. 

For those of you who can't do the conversion, 10 meters equals 32.8084 feet. Exactly what was meant by 'tens of meters' isn't at all clear, but it's probably not more than about half a football field.

Joint Operations Command said on Saturday "our units are still continuing to advance.  . . . Not much is left before our forces reach the river."

Similar statements by Iraqi officials were made over the past week since security forces have forced the scum-crumpets into a sliver of the Old City along the Tigris River. However, due to the fact that ISIS is shooting back, progress has been slow.

As it now stands, ISIS hold less than a square mile of territory and are using civilians as human shields, making it almost impossible for U.S.-led warplanes to blow them up without making for bad press coverage. 

It crazy--they fight unfairly by their 'rules,' which says there are no rules in war, while we take the moral high ground and do everything we can to minimize killing civilians. (I hate the term 'collateral damage.') Sadly, however, many, and more likely most of these civilians are going to be killed by the Islamic State jihadis.