An immense U.S.-backed offensive is underway to take back Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, from the Islamic State militants that occupy it. Tens of thousands of troops from various government forces and militias are involved in the push, which finally began this week after a lengthy preparation.
The battle for Mosul is seen as one of the most important steps in regaining the Syrian and Iraqi territory which ISIS seized during its rapid advance in 2014.
Iraqi militias are recruiting children from camps for those displaced by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), in preparation for a full-scale offensive to recapture the city of Mosul from the Islamist group, an international rig...
TIKRIT/FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces opened a second front on Saturday in preparation for an assault on the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, a day after government troops declared victory over the militants in Falluja.
Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, fell to ISIS in 2014. With the help of American special forces and airstrikes, Iraqi troops have been able to secure villages on the outskirts of town. Their battle for the city entered its second ...
By Juan Cole / Informed Comment The Iraqi government has announced that the campaign to take the large northern city of Mosul back from Islamic State has begun in earnest. So what is the significance of Mosul as a city?