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    Day 109 of Mosul campaign.

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    This film report (30 mins) maybe available in the USA via PBS, broadcast 31/1/17 and is filmed with the Golden Division i.e. Iraqi SOF:
    As Iraqi forces attempt to retake Mosul from Isis, Guardian reporter Ghaith Abdul-Ahad joins their elite Golden Division on the frontline to examine the fight and its toll Go inside the Iraqi army's battle to take back the city of Mosul from Isis with Iraqi journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad. Ghaith reveals what retaking the city means for the future of his country. He will also discover the harsh realities of what it's like to live and survive under Isis – and under the Iraqi army.
    The fight inside the city is brutal and slow, and losses are mounting with countless civilians and over 2,000 security personnel reportedly killed since the offensive began.
    Iraqi special forces are leading the charge to liberate the city. We witness their struggle close-up, with the filmmakers even surviving a suicide truck bomb aimed at killing the group's leader Lt Col Muntadher, known to his troops as 'Steel'.
    WARNING: Contains strong language and footage some viewers might find distressing
    A PBS FRONTLINE production with Mongoose Films in association with The Guardian.
    Link:https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng...irty-war-video

    Or:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5woZG9fQtqo


    The SOF are using small commercial drones and Ipads for operational C3I.
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    Great long piece in New Yorker by reporter embedded reporter with a Rapid Response unit during the battle for Mosul. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20...o-destroy-isis

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    Day 110 of Mosul campaign.

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    Monthly violence report in Iraq. I'm the only one keeping comprehensive casualty counts anymore after UN stopped. Here's a link.

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    Mosul Campaign Day 111.

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    Day 112 of Mosul campaign.

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    Day 113 of Mosul campaign.

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    Day 114 of Mosul campaign.

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    Mosul campaign day 115. East Mosul is looking like a besieged city with all the IS attacks even though IS in the one surrounded.

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    Months after Fallujah liberated rebuilding barely begun because Iraqi govt is broke. https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/02/1....co/TDkq9Xd1Wf

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    Day 116 of Mosul campaign.

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    Weekly security report for Iraq for the 1st wk of February.

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    Day 117 of Mosul campaign.

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    Mosul campaign Day 118.

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    Day 119 of Mosul Campaign.

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    A pessimistic overview from Professor Paul Rogers, here is one passage:
    The Iraqi government now saying that operations to clear the rest of the city are getting underway, with the CTS and three army brigades committed to the operation, supported by coalition air strikes and artillery. This might signal that IS faces imminent defeat but there are other indicators which suggest otherwise. The worry is not just that it will take months to complete the task, but that the consequences for Iraqi security may be severe.
    Link:https://theconversation.com/despite-reports-of-imminent-success-mosul-is-still-a-dangerous-flashpoint-72987?
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    Day 120 of Mosul campaign.

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    Day 121 of Mosul campaign.

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    Day 122 of Mosul campaign.

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