Mosul’s liberation could take longer


This was stated by the president of the Kurdish autonomy of Iraq, Massoud Barzani.

Three months of siege

According to him, given the current level of operations, the liberation of the city might take three months. A week ago, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces declared that it would take only two months.

Perhaps such a change in the assessment of the assault period is due to new intelligence data on ISIS. According to Massoud Barzani, the situation is complicated by the fact that the terrorists's ranks include a large number of suicide bombers and workshops for the production of explosives have been organized.

Division of duties

Furthermore, Barzani said that Peshmerga will not directly enter the city, but only provide support for its assault and blockade. This is due to the fact that there could be conflicts with the Iraqi armed forces. To avoid this, they agreed upon a division of responsibilities.