The outbreak in Iraq the operation to liberate the second largest city of Mosul from the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG banned in Russia) will take “some time” and could lead to victims among the civilian population. Warned about this on Monday, October 17, at the press-conference the press-Secretary of the US President Josh Ernest.
According to him, trying to repel the attack by Iraqi forces with the support of the international coalition led by the United States, the militants will try to use the people of Mosul as human shields. “We expect that they will not hesitate, will be to expose the innocent civilians under attack, trying to hold the city in their hands, and will use a number of highly unethical and dangerous practices to try to hold the city,” reads the transcript of the briefing posted on the website of the White house.
Journalists reminded about the possible humanitarian crisis that may provoke an offensive on Mosul. The representative of White house said that the decision to conduct the operation was attended by the Prime Minister of Iraq Haidar al-Abadi and the responsibility for its success rests with the Iraqi government. He also added that the upcoming “try to save as many lives (civilians) as possible”. However, reminded that, being in the city, militants kill ordinary people, so the delay of the operation to liberate Mosul because of fears over the humanitarian situation “makes no sense”.
Press Secretary assured that the US is in such situations “preparing for the worst”, though, and hope for the best. “It is hoped that the humanitarian situation for which we prepare, will not arise, he said. – And if there are, then there is already focus significant resources” (quoted by TASS).
Speaking about the role of us military operations in Mosul, Ernest said it is “providing advice and assistance to Iraqi security forces.” At the same time, he evaded a definite reporter’s question about whether there is a possibility American soldiers died during this operation.
Reporters also asked whether the customized start of operation “under the American political calendar.” Press Secretary, however, “translated arrows” on the same al-Abadi. “He won’t be distracted by the American political calendar, – said Ernest about the Iraqi Prime Minister. – He will focus on strategic considerations, would be most likely to bring success.”
Recall, Mosul is under the control of ISIS since June 2014. 17 Oct Iraq with the support of the coalition led by the United States, began to assault the city.
On the same day, the international Committee of the red cross (ICRC) and the international Federation of red cross and red Crescent societies (IFRC), in a joint statement warned that as a result of escalating fighting Mosul and its suburbs can leave the “up to one million people.” Earlier, the UN warned that the humanitarian consequences of the operation to liberate Mosul may affect up to 1.5 million people living in and around the city.