The Battle to Take Mosul Back

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Philip Harris   8 March 2017

The Iraqi army who is deeply supported by the American military has put out a statement saying they have captured the Badoush Prison today.  Months have gone by and the fight for Mosul is still on going.  ISIS took over Mosul June of 2014 without many shots even being fired.

In June of 2014 the Americans had pulled out of Iraq and gave their combat posts up to the Iraqi Army.  At the time it looked like the Iraqi Army was very professional and supplied decently.  But they had training from the U.S. military in small urban tactics and not tactics teaching them how to secure large cities and areas of land.

ISIS had this knowledge because their top leaders and soldiers are veterans from Saddam Hussein’s old defeated army.  ISIS knew they could launch a blitzkrieg assault all across Iraq  to overthrow and quickly confuse the Iraqi government and military.  ISIS succeeded in taking just about half of Iraq before the international community got involved to assist the Iraqi army once again.

Today the Iraqi army is west of the Tigris river with recently taking control of the Mosul airport just south of the Badoush Prison.  The operation for the liberation of Mosul began in October of last year.  So you can see the difference in motivation between ISIS when they took over Mosul and how the Iraqis just ran away up until now, the tides have turned.

Since June of 2014 the ISIS terrorist group has entrenched itself in the city using improvised explosive devices (IED), tunnels to avoid air strikes, drones, vehicle borne IED (VBIED), and their imagination with everything in between.

Inside of the eastern part of Mosul city, there are reasonably larger streets and is a newer part of the city.  Its larger roads and alleys make it a little easier for the Iraqi forces to clear through the urban terrain with their armored vehicles.  The western side of the city is the old city as you can see from the map.  The red areas are what the Iraqi Army controls and the grey is ISIS.  The old city of Mosul is the stronghold ISIS is fighting to hold now.

Mosul’s old city west of the Tigris is exactly that.  It has very clogged and unpredictable roads, that are narrow.  Alleys in the old city are a maze that invites an ISIS ambush.  So as the Iraqi army ran in June 2014 out of the city, they are trying to get back in there and take their land back from ISIS.

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