NYT learned of the U.S. plans to use attack helicopters to the battle for Mosul


The United States plans to significantly strengthen the fight against “Islamic state” (banned in Russia) in Syria and Iraq, recognized The New York Times. In particular, the American authorities wanted to deploy Apache attack helicopters for the liberation of Mosul, as well as to increase the number of military trainers in Syria.

As the paper notes now in Iraq already there are attack helicopters, but they are used only to protect American military personnel. According to the NYT, the Pentagon also want to strengthen advising and training Iraqi forces for the liberation of Mosul, which is the second largest city in Iraq and the main stronghold of ISIS in the country.

Plan for the authority provided for the transfer of instructors who are already in Iraq, at the position closer to Mosul, told the newspaper the unnamed officials.

On matters of measures NYT said five officials from the defense on condition of anonymity. They noted that the final decisions will be made jointly by Washington and Baghdad. The interlocutors in the administration of the President of the United States explained to the newspaper that an announcement about the strengthening of American presence or even such proposals are “sensitive diplomatic issue”.

The newspaper also reported about the plans of Washington to increase military personnel, who will advise the rebel forces in Syria. According to the NYT, their number can increase from 50 to 250 people. Last week about the White house’s intention to increase its military contingent in Syria, reported the CNN. The main task of soldiers was to prepare the liberation of Raqqa, which is called the capital of IG.

In recent months, The Wall Street Journal has twice reported on the preparation of the U.S. “plan B” in case of failure of truce in Syria. The newspaper noted that Washington is considering providing the rebels with weapons, which will allow them to strike aircraft and artillery positions of the opponents, including man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS).

In the United States to comment on these data is refused. The Russian Foreign Ministry after the publication of the WSJ expressed the hope that “plan B” does not exist. The Department also noted that an alternative plan for Syria was not discussed with foreign colleagues.