In February, CENTCOM outlined a plan to use approximately 20,000 to 25,000 Iraqi and Peshmerga troops to move on the city of Mosul (this coming spring) to retake it from an estimated 2,000 ISIS fighters. They made the plan public for some unknown reason.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter calls it a mistake.
The new leader of America's military admitted it was a "mistake" for an officer to have "blurted out" plans for an Iraqi-led ground offensive in Mosul during a recent media briefing.
That highly unusual briefing, in which an officer revealed the U.S. wanted the Iraqis to launch the offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State in April or May, raised concerns over the level of detail provided -- and also was criticized as giving inaccurate information.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter, testifying Tuesday on Capitol Hill, said the information should not have been provided, accurate or not.
"That clearly was neither accurate information, nor had it been accurate would it have been information that should be blurted out to the press," Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee. "So it's wrong on both ... scores."
Carter said it's important to be open, but "not with military secrets and not with war plans, which is the mistake here."