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Thursday, October 13

US, Saudi to transfer 9,000 ISIS from Mosul to Syria: Russian report

President Obama wants to leave office with a US-backed victory in Mosul to his credit, which means the Battle of Mosul, once it gets underway, can't be allowed to drag out for months. As to shipping 9,000 fiends to Syria -- hey, that's the Russian and Syrian army's problem. 

Also, this reported transfer fits into an established pattern of shunting around Islamic State fighters to give the appearance of a military victory over IS in a particular locale. 

Even the Syrian Army is using the same tactic in trying to clear the pocket in E. Aleppo of Nusra fighters. No joke. 

They're telling them, 'You can keep your pistols but go somewhere else; we'll even arrange the buses to take you anywhere you want to go. But just go. In the name of God, go.'    

From all that I don't think the motive for the reported transfer of 9,000 Islamic State from Mosul is the self-pitying one posited by the Russian military spokesperson -- or at least it's a distant second to the primary one:
US, Saudi Arabia to grant ISIS terrorists free passage from Mosul to Syria: reports
By Leith Fadel
October 13, 2016
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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:00 A.M.) - The U.S. and their Persian Gulf counterpart Saudi Arabia have reportedly agreed to allow an estimated 9,000 Islamic State terrorists free passage from the Iraqi city of Mosul to Syria, a military source told the Russian-based RIA Novosti News Agency on Wednesday.

"More than 9,000 Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) militants will be redeployed from Mosul to the eastern regions of Syria to carry out a major offensive operation, which involves capturing Deir ez-Zor and Palmyra,” the source said.

The source suggested that redeployment of IS militants is necessary because“Washington must somehow counter Russia’s achievements in Syria, try to diminish their importance.”

"Apart from the purely political dividends, the other purpose of this operation, obviously, will be to discredit the success of Russian Airspace forces. And, of course, it’s an attempt to undermine Syrian President (Bashar) Assad,” he said.

The leadership of Saudi Arabia’s General Intelligence Directorate will be the mediators and guarantors of the agreement on safe passage for the jihadists from Mosul, he claimed.

With Mosul being the Islamic State's capital in Iraq, the Iraqi Armed Forces would have to defeat a large army of terrorists in order to retake this key city.

Unfortunately, the only place these terrorists are willing to go is Syria, where they can link back up with their allies in the provinces of Deir Ezzor, Al-Hasakah, Al-Raqqa, and Homs.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is already combating tens of thousands of Islamic State terrorists across the country; however, if this report proves true, the aforementioned terrorist group will receive a big boost in personnel near Palmyra and Deir Ezzor City.


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