They had them exactly where they wanted them. Part of the strategic decision to announce weeks ahead of schedule about the impending attack on the City of Mosul, was to provoke ISIS leadership to flee the city toward the relative safety across the border in the City of Raqqah. With a strategy practiced by allies since World War II that seeks to both rattle and unsettle the enemy while trying to force them into either fleeing or make a blunder, the Iraqi Army has been dropping leafs with information warning the residents of the city about the impending attack.
And that’s exactly what they did. The Iraqi Army announced that a convoy carrying top Daesh commanders has been targeted on the border with Syria, as it was heading towards the Syrian city of Raqqah. Reports say the entire convoy was destroyed with foreign nationals among the fatalities. Adding misery to insult, the President of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region mentioned that Kurdish forces have liberated a large area during the offensive aimed at retaking the city of Mosul from Daesh terrorists.
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