Obama Administration Gives ISIS The Playbook On How U.S. Plans To Take Back Mosul

Katie Pavlich
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Posted: Feb 20, 2015 9:30 AM
Obama Administration Gives ISIS The Playbook On How U.S. Plans To Take Back Mosul

The Obama administration is under heavy criticism today after publishing detailed plans on the timing to retake the ISIS captured city of Mosul. More from Yahoo News

The US wants Iraq to launch its offensive to retake the strategic northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group in April or May, military officials said.

Mosul is believed to be held by 1,000-2,000 IS fighters and 20,000-25,000 Iraqi troops are needed to carry out the offensive, an official with US Central Command said on Thursday.

"The mark on the wall we are still shooting for is the April-May timeframe," the official said, adding that because of Ramadan and the increasing heat of summer, "it becomes problematic if it goes much later (than May)."

Out: Defeating the enemy In: Sending the enemy our war plans, including troop levels and timing, in advance. Unbelievable.

Last night Arkansas Senator and former Army Infantry Officer Tom Cotton blasted the administration for publishing the war plans.

"It's very mystifying why this administration would reveal potential plans to retake Mosul. If a private in Iraq had revealed this kind of planning inadvertently by leaving a plan in the chow hall or the gym, he might have faced a court marshal but it's now become a matter of policy that this administration is going to announce war plans in advance. It only increases the risk," Cotton said Thursday night on The Kelly File. 

"We are aiding an abetting the enemy. I do not understand why the President and the administration want to aid and abet the enemy," Retired Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney added. "It's going to expose our forces to risk."

The Islamic State now controls territory larger than the United Kingdom, takes in millions of dollars a day and has tens-of-thousands of fighters at their disposal.