Fonte russa: a Mosul morti 16 militari statunitensi; altri 27 sono stati feriti (notizia in inglese)
Another 27 US army servicemen were also wounded during the operation liberate the northern city of Mosul, a military-diplomatic source in Moscow told Russia-based TASS.
“Over the first two weeks of the ground military operation in Mosul, 16 US servicemen were killed and another 27 were injured. Most instances of death and injuries of servicemen represent the result of hitting a landmine, or coming under artillery or mortar shelling,” the source said.
There were also cases that servicemen died as a result of weak coordination of actions between aviation and Special Forces units. “For instance, two special forces members died in the airstrike delivered at Mosul’s outskirts by B-52H US aircraft,” the source noted.
He stressed that over the two weeks since the start of the military operation, the US-led coalition failed to achieve any considerable success in Mosul.
The ground military operation on liberating Mosul from ISIS was launched on October 17. Apart from Iraqi government forces, Kurdish forces and volunteer forces, US-led coalition also claims to be supporting the ground battle through airstrikes that in some cases have led to the death of civilian population in the city.
ISIS captured Mosul in 2014 and now it is considered the last stronghold of the terrorist group and defeating it could mean a victory over terrorists in the country.