Iraqi troops short of almost everything including experience
U.S. general’s visit shows obstacles to Iraqi military offensivesA lot of the stuff they lack because they left behind when they fled ISIL earlier in the war. The US and its allies have been running a low-intensity air campaign against the enemy which has many times been hobbled by amateurs running the war from the White Hosue. They keep having to escalate because they have provided inadequate force to begin with and have been niggardly in responding to the needs of those fighting the war.
Troops in the 9th Armored Division say they lack artillery, air support and heavy rounds for their Soviet-era tanks. Many of them also lack more than a few weeks in uniform. But they're trying to get ready for an eventual attack on Mosul.