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What I don't know is, were they gathered there by the enemy? We still have some assessments to do. I would say this – that it sure looks like they were. The Iraqis firmly believe that they were gathered there by the enemy. And the people we're talking to say that they were gathered there.feedback
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May 25 2017 Mosul conflict
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Steve Townsend is associated, including Iraqis and Mosul. Most recently, Steve Townsend has been quoted saying: “What I don't know is, were they gathered there by the enemy? We still have some assessments to do. I would say this – that it sure looks like they were. The Iraqis firmly believe that they were gathered there by the enemy. And the people we're talking to say that they were gathered there.” in the article Pentagon confirms airstrike killed more than 100 civilians in Mosul, blames ISIS explosives.
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We're seeing progress: before where we were seeing progress mostly on one main axis and halting progress on the others, now we're actually seeing forward movement on all of the axes in eastern Mosul.feedback

I'm not really exactly sure ... what they've seized there. We believe it includes some armored vehicles and various guns and other heavy weapons, possibly some air defense equipment. Basically anything they seized poses a threat to the coalition but we can manage those threats and we will.feedback

Anything they seize poses a threat to the coalition, but we can manage those threats and we will.feedback

We will strike it if we see it moving away from Palmyra. I think ... as long as it stays in Palmyra, the Russians will have the lead and the regime will have the lead to deal with that.feedback

I think they failed to consolidate their gains and they got distracted by the things they were doing, took their eye off the ball there. The enemy sensed weakness and struck and gained a victory that I think will probably be fleeting. I think this is probably an embarrassment to them (the Russians).feedback

If he wants to get out to try to go back home and stop fighting, he's going to have to make that choice soon. I think you'll see the eastern side will break at some point and go in a rush. And it'll go from really hard like it is today to a whole lot easier, and we won't have to clear every structure block by block all the way to the river because I think a lot of them will get the heck out.feedback

By our calculations, we think we have killed or badly wounded over 2,000.feedback

The Iraqi army has come back from near-defeat two years ago, and now they are attacking this major city. I don't think there is anything in there about a stalemate.feedback

We're having talks with Turkey and we're going to take this in steps.feedback

We'll have fewer coalition troops there, less combat capability there, we'll have to apply coalition combat support in a different way then we are doing here in Iraq.feedback

It's not episodic or sporadic. It's relatively constant and creative.feedback

It's probably fair to say with the complexity and the fact that we haven't really got it underway yet that it'll probably take longer than Mosul.feedback

Syrian commanders will make decisions about what needs to be done there to completely encircle, to partially encircle and to attack from this direction or attack from that direction. They'll make those decisions. We haven't reached that stage of the planning with them yet.feedback

We know this plot-and-planning is emanating from Raqqa. We think we've got to get to Raqqa pretty soon.feedback

The facts are these: The only force that is capable on any near-term timeline is the Syrian Democratic Forces, of which the YPG are a significant portion.feedback

So, we're negotiating, we're planning, we're having talks with Turkey and we're gonna take this in steps. And we think there's an imperative to get isolation in place around Raqqa because our intelligence feeds tell us that there is significant external operations attacks planning going on, centralized in Raqqa.feedback

We're going to do those kinds of suppressive fires until we're ready to mount an approach and isolation of Raqqa.feedback

I think [ISIS] is living on borrowed time, and their clock's running out. The Iraqi security forces are going to take Mosul back. Period.feedback

They are watching and when they see the attack start, it takes them a couple of days to figure out what we are up to.feedback

The Iraqis expected this and they're fighting through it.feedback

This may prove to be a long and tough battle, but the Iraqis have prepared for it and we will stand by them.feedback

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