Battle of Mosul

Sean McMichael and Nick Voivoda

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While interviewing for the story, we found that many people had absolutely no idea about what the battle for Mosul was.  

So here’s a summary about it.

As many of you know, terrorism is a major issue in this modern world.  ISIS is the major terror group as of now.  They’re center of operation is the city of Mosul.  It is currently a war zone.

The battle of Mosul is arguably the most important offensive in Iraq at the moment.  On November 17, 2014, ISIS attacked Mosul killing seven civilians, two soldiers and wounding 35 others.  While some residents returned, more fled in 2015 due to the violence and US bombs peppering the city.  As of March 2017, East Mosul is under control of the ISF(Iraq’s law enforcement and  military force) while western Mosul is still under siege.  One main goal of American troops there is to teach to give the ISF better training to combat ISIS.

In the streets of Mosul, American and Iraqi soldiers fight against ISIS to liberate the city of Mosul, which is also ISIS’s major stronghold.

So why is it important?  

When Mosul was captured by ISIS, they took 500 million from the central bank which they use to fund its military and terrorism operations.  They were also left with military equipment and weapons which they also use for their military operations.  If ISIS was to be defeated in Mosul, the group would be effectively confined to Syria and they would lose any money and equipment they left.

  The US military estimates that there are still around 3,000 to 4,500 ISIS fighters in the city along with many traps.  They have berms and trenches on the major roadways along with many bombs on roads, bridges and inside buildings.  They also have pits of oil and tires that make huge black clouds to eliminate the threat of any airstrikes.

 

In Mosul, a US troop shows a softer side with kids amidst the brutal conflict of the Battle of Mosul.

   “All these things cause delays and challenges,” Col. John Dorrian, the U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, told Pentagon reporters. “But they’re also things that as we train the Iraqis to go into Mosul, a lot of them have received specialized training like explosive ordnance disposal, sniper training, breach training, and they have been warfare trained so they know how to clear buildings and all these sorts of things.”

Western forces are taking the city.  While it’s slow, it is steady.  Soon the city of Mosul will be under an Iraqi flag.

 

Source:

BBC Battle for Mosul

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One Response to “Battle of Mosul”

  1. Kelly Poland on August 31st, 2017 9:32 am

    Sean and Nick,
    This is a great article. I especially like how you included the outreach the soldiers are doing and also reminded us of the innocent children living in the area where the fighting is ongoing.

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