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U.S. Stockpiling Military Hardware In What Could Be An Imminent Offensive Vs ISIS

December 30, 2014  |  Posted by: JammedUp
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According US News, the U.S. Military has stockpiled over 3000 military vehicles, mostly mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles (MRAPs), in a depot in Kuwait.

The military hardware being amassed, is believed to be in preparation of a major spring joint ground-military offensive in the city of Mosul, Iraq.

The military equipment is just one of indications pointing toward an imminent military attack against The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), in Iraq.

ISIS has taken over control of areas of Iraq, including Mosul, Iraq’s 2nd largest city, leaving almost 2 million Iraqis displaced.

The buildup for a ground offensive comes after the recapture of the town of Baji last month by the Iraqi Army.Last week it was reported that the Iraqi Military and U.S. Special forces engaged ISIS militants who launched an offensive on a military bases where 100 special forces advisers were stationed, the operation inflicted heavy losses on Islamic State Fighters forcing them to retreat.

However, Iraq’s military has struggled to sustain its victory in Baiji, several developments since November indicate that the Iraqi Government has decisively pursued multiple strategies that are likely to make a counteroffensive against ISIS more effective.

Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, Nineveh Provincial Council member Ghazwan Hamed said in November, that the Iraqi Military has been transferring military equipment to the Kurdish North.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Al Abadi has confirmed plans for the training of regional resistance forces.

In an op-ed published last week in the Wall Street Journal, al Abadi stated, ”We are working with the U.S. and our international partners to train and equip tribal fighters who are currently fighting alongside Iraqi security forces. Where possible, some individuals from these groups will be integrated into the Iraqi Security Forces or the national guard.” Despite receiving opposition from some domestic political parties, the National Guard is seen as an important development to win over the support of disgruntled Sunni factions, and fight ISIS in the long-run.

Additionally, in an attempt to boost regional backing for the military counteroffensive, Iraqi Prime Minister al Abadi’s has spent the month of December touring Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, amongst other countries.

Since Al Abadi has taken office and replaced former PM Al Maliki in September this year, his government has taken significant steps towards national reconciliation between Iraq’s political and religious factions, and towards the reformation of internal institutions, including the military.

The liberation of Iraq from ISIS, particularly in the second-largest city of Mosul, is likely to prove as Al Abadi’s biggest challenge, during his term. ISIS has dispersed their forces into urban areas, making airstrikes ineffective in the military’s fight against ISIS.

So far, the Iraqi Government has declined to say when a counteroffensive on ISIS will be launched, though the initiative is likely to be scheduled for Spring 2015.

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