Mosul’s fall will not end radicalism threatJan 31,2017
Some good news is finally coming out of Iraq, with Prime Minister Haidar Al Abadi announcing last week the full liberation of the eastern bank of the besieged city of Mosul, the country’s second largest urban centre and the main base of Daesh militants.
It was not an easy gain for the Iraqi army and its special forces, backed by the US military, which launched the massive operation to retake the city and the governorate of Nineveh some 100 days ago.
Reports spoke of heavy casualties among Iraqi troops — almost a fifth of the elite force has been injured or killed.
Daesh fighters put up a stiff resistance, having had plenty of time to buffer their defences through a network of tunnels.