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ISIL Cannot Win the Battle for Mosul (But They Can Make It Slow and Bloody)

Daniel R. DePetris Security, Middle East What will happen?  Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abad was defiant. Addressing the Iraqi people in a nationally televised statement, Abadi declared that the military operation to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State has finally begun--and that--inshallah--it will be a quick and relatively bloodless success. "The hour has come and the moment of great victory is near,” Abadi said.
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