- Col. Abdullah Mirza, commander of the medical company, says that so far there have been about 30 wounded and under 10 killed, though he’s careful not to give exact numbers. He says his medical company only had 10 days’ notice to prepare for the Battle of Mosul.
“The timing of this battle is political, not military,” he says diplomatically, refusing to speculate on the reasons the fight is taking place now.
When not quoted by name, Kurdish officers are much less circumspect. “It’s clear that we’re going to war now so that Obama can say he’s liberated Mosul before he leaves the White House,” says one. Many of them are calling the operation, which has not received an official name, "Operation Obama."