About one half of the entire 48,000-strong Iraqi Army will be dedicated to retaking the city of Mosul from ISIS fighters in sometime in April or May, a senior CENTCOM official said on Thursday.

Approximately 20,000 to 25,000 Iraqi and Peshmerga troops will move on the city to retake it from an estimated 2,000 ISIS fighters — an attacking force that will include five Iraqi Army brigades, three peshmerga brigades, and former Mosul police forces, tribal fighters, and Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service troops.

The official added that US planners have not “closed the door” on the possibility of placing US forward air controllers on the ground in Iraq to assist in calling in airstrikes on the densely populated city as Iraqi and peshmerga forces assault the deeply entrenched ISIS forces. […]