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The coalition is strong, and fully committed to supporting our Iraqi partners until ISIS is defeated and the Iraqi people are free.feedback
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NEW Aug 20 2017 Iraq
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Steve Townsend is associated, including Iraqis and Mosul. Most recently, Steve Townsend has been quoted saying: “It was the hardest combat I've witnessed in 35 years – this was Falluja on steroids. At the end, it took bulldozers plowing ISIS fighters under the rubble as Iraqi infantrymen advanced, shooting and throwing grenades. Bulldozers burying ISIS fighters in the rubble. A lot of them fought right to the end. I thought there might be more who surrendered.” in the article Revived After Mosul, Iraqi Forces Prepare to Battle ISIS in Tal Afar.
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Jul 11 2017 - Mosul conflict

I reject any notion that coalition fires were in any way imprecise, unlawful or excssively targeted civilians. I would challenge the people from Amnesty International or anyone else out there who makes these charges to first research their facts and make sure they're speaking from a position of authority.feedback

Jul 11 2017 - Mosul conflict

Now it is time for all Iraqis to unite to ensure ISIS (Islamic State) is defeated across the rest of Iraq and that the conditions that led to the rise of ISIS in Iraq are not allowed to return again.feedback

Jul 10 2017 - Mosul conflict

Make no mistake; this victory alone does not eliminate ISIS and there is still a tough fight ahead.feedback

Jul 04 2017 - Iraq

I would challenge the individual from the UN who made this hyperbolic statement that civilian casualties are staggering. Show me some evidence of that.feedback

Jul 02 2017 - Mosul conflict

And we shoot every boat we find. If you want to get out of Raqqa right now, you've got to build a poncho raft. Mosul has got some big buildings, but they are spread out over the city. Here there are a cluster of tall, dominant type of buildings. They are hard for any army on the planet.feedback

Jul 02 2017 - Iraq

My guess is that we had agreement on the phone. But decisions and actions take a while to stop. It's like a train.feedback

Jul 02 2017 - Iraq

That's their role: to buttress, to help them do the hard stuff.feedback

Jun 22 2017 - Mosul conflict

I was just in Mosul Wednesday afternoon and close enough to see the mosque and its famous leaning minaret. Little did I know it was for the last time. This is just another example that ISIS is a cruel, heartless and god-less ideology that cannot be permitted to exist in this world.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Syria conflict

It's hard to convince new recruits that ISIS is a winning cause when they just lost their twin 'capitals' in both Iraq and Syria. We all saw the heinous attack in Manchester, England. ISIS threatens all of our nations, not just Iraq and Syria, but in our own homelands as well. This cannot stand.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Syria conflict

It's hard to convince new recruits that ISIS is a winning cause when they just lost their twin 'capitals' in both Iraq and Syria.feedback

May 25 2017 - Mosul conflict

What I don't know is, were they gathered there by the enemy? We still have some assessments to do. I would say this – that it sure looks like they were. The Iraqis firmly believe that they were gathered there by the enemy. And the people we're talking to say that they were gathered there.feedback

May 04 2017 - Mosul conflict

I don't anticipate that we'll be asked to leave by the government of Iraq immediately after Mosul.feedback

Mar 30 2017 - Mosul conflict

ISIS is slaughtering Iraqis and Syrians on a daily basis. ISIS is cutting off heads. ISIS is shooting people.feedback

Mar 29 2017 - Mosul conflict

My initial assessment is that we probably had a role in these casualties. What I don't know is were they (the civilians) gathered there by the enemy? We still have some assessments to do. ... I would say this, that it sure looks like they were.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - Mosul conflict

Actually our munitions, the fact that the whole building collapsed, actually contradicts our involvement. The munition that we used should not have collapsed an entire building. So that is one of those things that we are trying to figure out in the investigative process because we have ... munitions in our inventory that can collapse whole buildings. That is not what we used in this case.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - Mosul conflict

It sure looks like they were. If we did it – and I'd say there is at least a fair chance we did – it was an unintentional accident of war. It is there that the enemy has invested two-and-a-half years of defensive preparations. I think that's really the explanation for the civilian casualties. Although our partners and the coalition have made mistakes that harmed civilians, we have never targeted them – not once.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - Mosul conflict

If we did it, and I'd say there's at least a fair chance that we did, it was an unintentional accident of war. People don't know what to do.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - Mosul conflict

My initial assessment is that we probably had a role in these casualties. The munition that we used should not have collapsed an entire building. That is something we have to figure out.feedback

Feb 19 2017 - Mosul conflict

Mosul would be a tough fight for any army in the world, and the Iraqi forces have risen to the challenge. They have taken the fight to the enemy and sacrificed their blood for the people of Iraq and the rest of the world.feedback

Feb 08 2017 - Mosul conflict

Within the next six months I think we'll see both (the Mosul and Raqqa campaigns) conclude. It will be a more difficult fight, more constricted. ISIL morphing into an insurgent threat, that's the future. I don't know. We would have to refocus training in those areas.feedback

Jan 14 2017 - Mosul conflict

Then there is bombardment to destroy the house, to destroy the sniper position. But the sniper will pop up again here or there.feedback

Jan 05 2017 - Mosul conflict

We're seeing progress: before where we were seeing progress mostly on one main axis and halting progress on the others, now we're actually seeing forward movement on all of the axes in eastern Mosul.feedback

Dec 14 2016

I'm not really exactly sure ... what they've seized there. We believe it includes some armored vehicles and various guns and other heavy weapons, possibly some air defense equipment. Basically anything they seized poses a threat to the coalition but we can manage those threats and we will.feedback

Dec 14 2016

Anything they seize poses a threat to the coalition, but we can manage those threats and we will.feedback

Dec 14 2016 - Palmyra

We will strike it if we see it moving away from Palmyra. I think ... as long as it stays in Palmyra, the Russians will have the lead and the regime will have the lead to deal with that.feedback

Dec 14 2016

I think they failed to consolidate their gains and they got distracted by the things they were doing, took their eye off the ball there. The enemy sensed weakness and struck and gained a victory that I think will probably be fleeting. I think this is probably an embarrassment to them (the Russians).feedback

Dec 14 2016

If he wants to get out to try to go back home and stop fighting, he's going to have to make that choice soon. I think you'll see the eastern side will break at some point and go in a rush. And it'll go from really hard like it is today to a whole lot easier, and we won't have to clear every structure block by block all the way to the river because I think a lot of them will get the heck out.feedback

Dec 11 2016 - Mosul conflict

By our calculations, we think we have killed or badly wounded over 2,000.feedback

Dec 11 2016 - Mosul conflict

The Iraqi army has come back from near-defeat two years ago, and now they are attacking this major city. I don't think there is anything in there about a stalemate.feedback

Nov 15 2016

Together we will deliver ISIL a lasting defeat.feedback

Oct 27 2016

The facts are these: The only force that is capable on any near-term timeline are the Syrian Democratic Forces, of which the YPG are a significant portion.feedback

Oct 26 2016 - NATO

We're having talks with Turkey and we're going to take this in steps.feedback

Oct 26 2016 - Kurds

We'll have fewer coalition troops there, less combat capability there, we'll have to apply coalition combat support in a different way then we are doing here in Iraq.feedback

Oct 26 2016

We don't know exactly when.feedback

Oct 26 2016

It's not episodic or sporadic. It's relatively constant and creative.feedback

Oct 26 2016 - Iraq

It's probably fair to say with the complexity and the fact that we haven't really got it underway yet that it'll probably take longer than Mosul.feedback

Oct 26 2016

We expect to see more of this.feedback

Oct 26 2016

Syrian commanders will make decisions about what needs to be done there to completely encircle, to partially encircle and to attack from this direction or attack from that direction. They'll make those decisions. We haven't reached that stage of the planning with them yet.feedback

Oct 26 2016

We know this plot-and-planning is emanating from Raqqa. We think we've got to get to Raqqa pretty soon.feedback

Oct 26 2016 - Turkey

The facts are these: The only force that is capable on any near-term timeline is the Syrian Democratic Forces, of which the YPG are a significant portion.feedback

Oct 26 2016 - Turkey

So, we're negotiating, we're planning, we're having talks with Turkey and we're gonna take this in steps. And we think there's an imperative to get isolation in place around Raqqa because our intelligence feeds tell us that there is significant external operations attacks planning going on, centralized in Raqqa.feedback

Oct 26 2016

We're going to do those kinds of suppressive fires until we're ready to mount an approach and isolation of Raqqa.feedback

Oct 25 2016 - Iraq

I think [ISIS] is living on borrowed time, and their clock's running out. The Iraqi security forces are going to take Mosul back. Period.feedback

Oct 23 2016

We have seen a complex attack on Rutbah.feedback

Oct 23 2016

They are watching and when they see the attack start, it takes them a couple of days to figure out what we are up to.feedback

Oct 23 2016

The enemy will vote in combat.feedback

Oct 22 2016

The Iraqis expected this and they're fighting through it.feedback

Oct 17 2016

This may prove to be a long and tough battle, but the Iraqis have prepared for it and we will stand by them.feedback

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