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    Operation Fatah, the Battle for Mosul begins

    Mosul offensive: Live updates - CNN.com
    Oct 17, 2016

    Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister, Hoshyar Zebari, told CNN’s Becky Anderson that progress on the first day of the Mosul offensive had been “magnificent.”

    Zebari hailed the “unprecedented” coordination between the many players in the fight against ISIS, saying the battle to liberate Mosul has become a “unifying rally” for the people of Iraq. “This is not a conventional war,” he said, citing ISIS’s use of suicide bombers and car bombs in their fight to keep control of Mosul.

    “Today was just the beginning of the offensive, and … the gains have been magnificent so far. A number of villages and settlements have been cleared of ISIS.”
    “And this is just the beginning. This campaign will intensify as the days go by.”
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    How the battle for Mosul may unfold - CNN.com

    After months of planning and coordination, the assault on Mosul has begun. But how it will unfold depends on many variables: the cooperation of Kurdish and Iraqi soldiers, the effectiveness of air support, how the people of Mosul react and above all, how ISIS fighters inside the city respond.

    The first phase of the assault, focusing on clearing ISIS from the plains east of Mosul, is believed to be the easiest part of the campaign. But the real challenge could be the rival groups vying for control following liberation of the city.

    The offensive will see about 100,000 troops battling for the city's liberation. Specifically that's 50,000 Iraqi troops alongside 40,000 Peshmerga as well as Sunni tribal militia, Christian, Shabak, Turkmen and Yazidi militia units.
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    Mosul: Iraq and Kurdish troops make gains in battle - BBC News
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    My understanding is that, if successful, this will remove ISIS from all of Iraq.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howey View Post
    My understanding is that, if successful, this will remove ISIS from all of Iraq.

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    yeah I suppose so. But i think the whole point of the USA's "leading from behind" is that the people of that region learn to work together and fight their own battles... which seems to be working

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    Peshmergas' MadMax armoured vehicles
    (Credit: twitter, @peshmergaeu)



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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedminator View Post
    Peshmergas' MadMax armoured vehicles
    (Credit: twitter, @peshmergaeu)

    THE coolest Toyota on the planet!

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    https://www.theguardian.com/world/li...shmerga-latest


    "Everyone is staying at home because we don’t know what else to do. Daesh [an Arabic acronym for Isis] are mostly moving around on motorbike and have small and heavy guns. The planes started bombing Mosul around one in the morning today, and they are in the sky constantly and occasionally striking targets. I would say the airstrikes are very precise but around 10% of casualties, in my estimate, are civilians.

    Daesh are moving into civilian houses and mixing with the population. For example Daesh has placed a large depot of IEDs in a house next to my cousin’s. I begged him to leave his house and bring his family to stay with me, as the house could be targeted by coalition. He refused and said [he accepts] whatever destiny brings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedminator View Post
    Peshmergas' MadMax armoured vehicles
    (Credit: twitter, @peshmergaeu)
    lol Reminds me of the shit both the Ukrainians and the rebels in Donbass used, early on in that conflict.

    Ukrainian forces






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    I wonder if that's a real boar's head...

    This one was originally made for and used by the Ukrainians, but was captured by the rebels and changed to their flag and colors

    lol
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    Any estimates on the number of civilians that will be killed?

    I have heard a million or more civilians are there.

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