IRAQI ELITE FORCES LOST ABOUT 40% OF PERSONNEL IN MOSUL

CTSIraq’s premier fighting force has lost 40 % of its men in the battle to liberate Mosul from Islamic State control.

The Counter Terrorism Service, an elite US-trained unit, suffered the huge loss as it spearheaded the fight to drive militants out of Iraq’s second city and ISIS’s final stronghold in Iraq.

While the Baghdad government has refrained from divulging its battlefield losses, the figure was revealed in a US Department of Defense budget document, requesting $1.269 billion to rebuild, equip and train the unit to 20,000 personnel over the next three years.

“Requested funding will be essential in rebuilding CTS combat power that suffered 40 per cent battle losses in Mosul,” it said.

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