The liberation of Mosul could take a couple of months, according to the United States

Освобождение Мосула может занять пару месяцев, считают в США

The operation to liberate Mosul from Iraqi terrorists, not the group “Islamic state” this year is unlikely to be completed, said the commander of the Central command VS the USA General Joseph Votel on Wednesday in Washington.

According to him, the liberation of the city will take “a couple months”. Thus, Votel did not give a forecast whether the operation completed before inauguration of the President of the United States Donald trump that is scheduled for January 20.

According to him, the purpose of military is to create a progressive moment and put pressure on the terrorists in tactical, financial and political terms. “It will be a long battle… It will not be a cakewalk,” said Votel, speaking at a security forum organized by the foreign policy Initiative in Washington.

He also stressed the danger of other terrorist groups, “al-Qaeda” and “jabhat an-Nusra”, which, he said, will require “long-term attention” of the US military.

The operation to liberate Mosul from Islamic state terrorists who seized it in 2014 continues with October 17, it is conducted by several law enforcement agencies of Iraq with active support from aviation of the international coalition headed by the USA. From the North and East of the city stormed the army and anti-terrorist unit who has managed to enter some neighborhoods in the East of Mosul. From the South on Iraq “the capital of the Islamic state” move units of the Federal police of Iraq.