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Taken from a recent IISS Strategic Comment on 'The Battle for Mosul', but behind a paywall:
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The erratic performance of pro-government forces has hindered the Iraqi government’s effort. .....Despite the gross disparity in numbers, progress has been slow because Iraqi units have been plagued by desertions, and most large Iraqi units and many of the paramilitary units have been slow to launch attacks and have failed to follow through in the face of ISIS resistance. The motley composition of pro-government forces has also produced command-and-control problems.
On account of these erratic capabilities, a very small portion of the overall offensive force – perhaps only 6,000 troops at any one time – has actually come into contact with the enemy.
Finally, ISIS’s extensive use of smoke screens – produced by burning thousands of tires or, in one instance, igniting a sulphur plant – made the targeting of ISIS strong points and vehicles a problem. Heavy winter rains exacerbated this challenge.
(Finally) The upshot is that in terms of countering ISIS, Iraq’s stability could be months, if not years, away.
Link:http://www.iiss.org/en/publications/...for-mosul-18a7
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DER SPIEGEL photographer Ali Arkady documents Iraqi security forces abducting, torturing, raping, and killing civilians around Mosul.

Describes "competition" among Federal Police & ERU: Police described raping particularly beautiful woman, ERU also wanted to raid the place.

Story carried in Spiegel Online....in German....

Basically the Shia units were fear in driving the Sunni's out de facto ethnic cleansing

BTW...the US had problems with the Federal Police even in 2006 in Diyala ...as they were mainly Shia....in a largely Sunni Province

AND from the photos the Shia torture techniques have not changed much from 2006...
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DER SPIEGEL photographer Ali Arkady documents Iraqi security forces abducting, torturing, raping, and killing civilians around Mosul.

Describes "competition" among Federal Police & ERU: Police described raping particularly beautiful woman, ERU also wanted to raid the place.

Story carried in Spiegel Online....in German....

Basically the Shia units were fear in driving the Sunni's out de facto ethnic cleansing

BTW...the US had problems with the Federal Police even in 2006 in Diyala ...as they were mainly Shia....in a largely Sunni Province

AND from the photos the Shia torture techniques have not changed much from 2006...
Our friends that we knew so well from 2006 Badr Corp......

Arkady says he received death threats, brought his family to safety before releasing evidence of the crimes he documented. Now lives abroad.

His account was published in this week's SPIEGEL Magazine. No English version available yet AFAIK.

German version: https://magazin.spiegel.de/SP/2017/2...n=centerpage#…
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Mosul campaign Days 216-217.
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Our friends that we knew so well from 2006 Badr Corp......

Arkady says he received death threats, brought his family to safety before releasing evidence of the crimes he documented. Now lives abroad.

His account was published in this week's SPIEGEL Magazine. No English version available yet AFAIK.

German version: https://magazin.spiegel.de/SP/2017/2...erpage#…
@DerSPIEGEL #Mosul: A detained Sunni soldier said he was abducted and raped by the #PMU in #Mosul "because I'm a Sunni. They hate us."

@DerSPIEGEL #Mosul: #Iraq|i Shia Captain Omar: "Oh, we did everything. We took Sunni men & women and looted their houses."

@DerSPIEGEL #Mosul: Reporter: "They (#PMU) tortured a Sunni father. Then they tortured his 16-year-old son and executed the son in front of his father."

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