McCain, Graham: Leaking of Mosul Battle Plan ‘Deeply Disturbing’
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters inspect an rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launcher as they take control of the area, on the outskirts of Mosul. (Stringer/Reuters/Landov)
Monday, 23 Feb 2015 01:22 PM
“Those responsible have jeopardized our national security interests and must be held accountable,” McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, notes.
An official from Central Command, who was not identified, told reporters not only that the assault would involve up to 25,000 Kurdish and Iraqi troops, but also that it is planned to launch by April or May, giving ISIS forces plenty of time to prepare, The New York Times reports.
The Obama administration appeared to be distancing itself from the announcement, with National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan commenting that “the U.S. military makes a judgment about what information is shared regarding their operations,” the Times reports.
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