Analysts Say Liberation of Mosul Could Take Months

January 23, 2015 2:20 PM

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A successful midweek offensive by Iraqi Kurdish forces supported by US-led coalition warplanes in northern Iraq against Islamic militants has raised hopes that Mosul, the city seized by the self-styled Islamic State in June, will soon be in the cross hairs. But Western officials are warning that the occupied city is months away from being liberated.

Buoyed by the offensive that saw Kurdish Peshmerga forces sever one of the militants’ major supply lines to Mosul, the Kurdistan region’s security chief, Masrour Barzani, told reporters in Irbil that the militants are feeling “much more heat.” He said the room for maneuver for the Islamic militants...

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