The fact that Obama wants to be able to say he kicked ISIS out of their last major city in Iraq before the election had nothing to do with the timing of this operation.
Excerpted From The Daily Caller: Nearly 300 Islamic State child soldiers have been killed in the Iraqi offensive on the city of Mosul, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) notes.
ISIS’s child soldiers are known as “lion cubs of the caliphate” or “caliphate cubs” and have been prominently featured in ISIS propaganda videos for years. The U.S. estimates nearly 900 ISIS fighters were killed in the Mosul operation so far, U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel told reporters Friday.
The U.S. estimate and SOHR report indicate nearly one-third of ISIS fighters killed in the operation are child soldiers. U.S. officials estimate there are nearly 3,000 to 5,000 fighters remaining in the city of Mosul, who are heavily entrenched.
Since the operation began, ISIS has been “taking tens of thousands of men, women and children from the outskirts of Mosul and bringing them into the city … to use them as human shields against the Iraqi forces advance on Mosul,” the United Nations Human Rights Office said in a Friday statement. The UN also believes ISIS executed nearly 232 civilians in Mosul Oct. 26. Keep reading