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And if things are going so well, why was a Senate Committee told today that more US troops would be needed in Iraq to take back Mosul from the Islamic State?
Three generals appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee today: Gen Joseph Vogel (Special Operations Command), Gen David Rodriguez (US Africa Command) and Gen Lloyd Austin (CENTCOM). The Chair of the Committee is Senator John McCain, the Ranking Member is Senator Jack Reed.
Here's the key exchange.
Senator Mike Rounds: General Austin with regards to the challenges surrounding the retaking Mosul and Raqqa by December of this year coming up. You've currently got about 4,000 ground forces, if I'm correct. Is that enough? Do you have enough to assist in your plans to retake Mosul and Raqqa?
Gen Lloyd Austin: The, uh, the approach that we have used -- and continue to use, as you know, Senator, to use the indigenous forces in the operations on the ground and enable those forces with out aieral fires and other enablers. As we look towards Raqqa and other and Mosul clearly there will be things that we want to do to, uh, increase the capability a bit to, uh -- to, uh increase the pace of operations and that will require some additional capability and we've gone through and done some analysis to see what types of -- what types of things we need to provide and that's, uh, we've made those recommendations.
Senator Mike Rounds: Could you share those recommendations with this Committee?
Gen Lloyd Austin: Uh, no, sir. I would not care to do so because I have just provided those to my -- to my leadership.
Senator Mike Rounds: But you have -- you have made those recommendations and you're waiting on a response to your recommendations at this time?
Gen Lloyd Austin: Yes, sir, it's -- it'll work its way up the chain here.
Senator Mike Rounds: If you were allowed to have, uh, more ground troops what would be the capabilities that you could accomplish? Or what could you accomplish if you had more individuals on the ground there
Gen Lloyd Austin: We could, uh, develop more, better human intelligence. We could, uh, we could perhaps provide, uh, uh, more advise and assist teams at various levels. We could, uh, we could increase, uh, our assistance in terms of providing help with some logistical issues and, uh, we could increase some elements of the special operations footprint.
Senator Mike Rounds: Assuming we were successful in retaking both of those two towns, what then? Clearly, it's broken. So you come back in and reestablish order and so forth -- when we take them back do we have a plan in place -- a plan that we want to execute to bring back in a sense of order to those communities? What does it look like right now and what part would we play?
Gen Lloyd Austin: Uhm, the short answer is "yes," Senator. First of all, we will -- the Iraqis will take back uh, uh, Mosul and we will take back -- we will work with the Syrian indigenous forces to take back Raqqa as well. Uh, as you've seen us do, as they've taken back towns in Iraq, that includes, uh, Ramadi, Baiji, Tikrit, uh, Sinjar and other places the effort has been to reestablish order in those places and then immediately try to uh, uh, do what's necessary to repair damage and make sure that, uh, that we're taking care of the people and the people are able to move back in and resume their lives.
So that's Gen Lloyd Austin playing coy and hinting about his recommendation to send more US troops to Iraq while insisting he can't really talk about it because it's going up the chain of command.
He's also telling fantasies of liberation where Ramadi and Tikrit were peacefully liberated, where the homes weren't trashed, the stores and homes looted and civilians harmed or killed.
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