Iraqi Army Seen as Ill Equipped to Retake Mosul From ISIS, Despite U.S. Aid

WASHINGTON — An exhausted and ill-equipped Iraqi Army faces daunting obstacles on the battlefield that will most likely delay for months a long-planned major offensive on the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, American and allied officials say.

The delay is expected despite American efforts to keep Iraq’s creaky war machine on track. Although President Obama vowed to end the United States’ role in the war in Iraq, in the last two years the American military has increasingly provided logistics to prop up the Iraqi military, which has struggled to move basics like food, water and ammunition to its troops.

Without the help, Americans commanders said, the offensive against Mosul would most likely fail.

  • DMB

    Iraq is predominantly Shiite majority. I ultimately foresee Iran coming to Iraq’s aid expelling ISIS from that country enviably leading to Iranian control of Iraq. Choose your poison.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Iran already has a military presence in Syria and Iraq. They don’t seem to be doing so well and their surrogates are stretched thin.

      • DMB

        True however the Shiite are the majority and will no longer summit to Sunni rule much like they did under Saddam Hussein.

        • Norman_In_New_York

          Eventually, Iraq will be partitioned into a Shiite state, a Sunni Arab state, and a Kurdish state. Furthermore, Iraq’s Shiites are Arabs, and they may not readily accept Persian rule.

    • Shia Militias are just as likely to commit atrocities as ISIS. This won’t end well no matter the “victor”.

      • DMB

        Choose your poison!

  • xavier

    Corruption is the root cause. I say cut our losses and concentrate on a Kurdish state with a Christian and Yazadi minority. Let Iranand Saudi Arabia fight their death match on their own

  • It’s a good thing, therefore, that Canada withdrew its fight against ISIS thinking that Iraqi troops could finish the job.

  • bob e

    does everyone remember the 2nd time the Marines took Falluja .. ??
    the intense house to house door kickin’ hemorrhoid that was ??
    wonder what is really gonna happen.

  • Barrington Minge

    With luck the idiot in the picture will shhot himself in the foot. Safety catch is off..dumbarse.