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Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:53:57 GMT
Last week marked the beginning of the Battle of Mosul. Launched by the Iraqi Army and other American allies such as Kurdish Peshmerga, the objective is to liberate Iraq's second largest city from DAESH control as well as the rest of of Nineveh Governate, the homeland of Assyrian Christians.
While an attack on Mosul has been anticipated for months, Ash Carter revealed today that he hopes there will be a simultaneous assault on Raqqa "as soon as possible". Attacking both targets ought to make life very difficult for DAESH militants as it will be very challenging to reinforce both positions at the same time.
Regardless, the writing is on the wall, and it is not a good omen for the barbaric militants who have terrorized the inhabitants of the entire region for 2+ years. Dreams of a Caliphate governed by radical interpretations of Shariah Law are coming to an end.
While there is the caveat that one can never be 100% of the outcome of a war, I am confident in the leadership of President Obama, Secretary Carter and the generals in charge. That said, we'll have to wait and see in a few months where things go. In the mean time, we must do what we can to support our allies in Turkey, Kuridistan, Iraq and Syria. And definitely give kudos to Obama and Carter for threading the diplomatic needle between the competing interests of these US allies.
And lastly, a moment ought to be taken to thank the soldiers fighting DAESH not matter what uniform they may be wearing. While it is not easy to find accurate numbers, there are likely dozens of men who have valiantly sacrificed their lives for the liberation of Mosul. Take a moment to remember them.
For updates regarding the Battle Mosul from a Kurdish POV, click here.