Fox News Reported the following:
A U.S. military official on Thursday outlined plans to retake the key Iraq city of Mosul from Islamic State terrorists as early as April — an unusual move that immediately drew criticism from two U.S. intelligence officers.
A senior U.S. Central Command official said that the “shaping” for the battle is currently underway. The Iraqi military hopes to begin operations in the “April, May timeframe” and retake the city before Ramadan begins on June 17.
The official, who was not authorized to discuss the operation publicly and spoke with reporters on condition of anonymity, said five Iraqi Army brigades will be used in the fight, as well as several smaller brigades, adding up to a total force of up to 25,000 Iraqi troops.
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