'Sunnis consider Shia militia participation in Mosul an invasion'
WASHINGTON, United States (Kurdistan24) - Former US adviser to Peshmerga forces in Mosul in 2005-2006, Michael Pregent, warns that Iraqi Shia militia should not participate in the military operation of liberating Mosul from Islamic State (IS) because he believes for Sunni Arabs, it will be perceived as "an invasion of Mosul."
Pregent is an adjunct fellow at Hudson Institute. He is a senior Middle East analyst, a former adjunct lecturer for the College of International Security Affairs, and a visiting fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University.
Pregent is a former intelligence officer with over 28 years experience working security, terrorism, counter-insurgency, and policy issues in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southwest Asia. He is an expert in Middle East and North Africa political and security issues, counter-terrorism analysis, stakeholder communications, and strategic planning.
(Kurdistan24 team conducted the interview in Washington)