Monday, September 12, 2005

Battle for Mosul: Progress Report

See dispatch from Michael Yon at
Battle for Mosul: Progress Report

24th Infantry Regiment “Deuce Four” LTC Erik Kurilla was wounded August 19, 2005 in Mosul on 19 Aug, 2005. “When the battalion arrived in Mosul, the mostly-Sunni city had already devolved into an insurgent stronghold. When the home-base for organized kidnap and beheading squads swelled with the steady stream of fighters fleeing the crackdown in Falluja, the local police simply abandoned their stations…. As the Deuce Four heads home this week, they leave behind a Mosul that, while not yet in the clear, is much closer to security and prosperity than anyone would have considered possible eight months ago.”

Recuperating in the US, he gets to see our media and says “When you get the news back here in the states, it’s all doom and body counts. I only wish the American public could see the incredible progress that is being made every day in Iraq, particularly in places like Mosul.”

If we cut and run Kurilla is quoted as saying "Without a strong Coalition military presence in the near term, all our gains would be eroded," "Worse, we'd be consigning our Iraqi allies, who have become increasingly effective fighting side by side with us, to a brutal civil war against an enemy that is savagely intent on clinging to a power they should never have possessed."

See Prior Post
What’s Happening in Mosul, Iraq
How do the US Armed Forces conduct their operations in Iraq?


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