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In battle for Iraq’s Mosul, many forces with many motives | The Washington Post

In battle for Iraq’s Mosul, many forces with many motives | The Washington Post

An unlikely array of forces is converging on the city of Mosul, lining up for a battle on the historic plains of northern Iraq that is likely to be decisive in the war against the Islamic State group.

The tacit alliance — Iraqi troops alongside Shiite militiamen, Sunni Arab tribesmen, Kurdish fighters and U.S special forces — underscores the importance of this battle. Retaking Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, would effectively break the back of the militant group, ending their self-declared “caliphate,” at least in Iraq.

Source: In battle for Iraq’s Mosul, many forces with many motives – The Washington Post