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Old 07-08-2017   #241
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Day 264 of Mosul campaign.
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Just finished security wrap up for June 2017 in Iraq. Violence is at lowest level seen in years across the country except for Ninewa due to Mosul battle. Here's a link.
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A Fraction Of Mosul, Syria's Raqqa No Less Challenging

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Day 265 of Mosul campaign.
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From the footage on TV here most of Mosul looks wrecked, hardly a city ready for normal life and just who will rebuild it?

Via Twitter yesterday, from Ali Soufan, this report was recommended, although Robin Wright is to me an unknown quantity and she ends with:
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In other words, a military rout of ISIS may only pave the way for the comeback of a more powerful Al Qaeda.
Link:http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-d...-next-for-isis

Other comments I have read have referred to the 40% loses to Iraqi national forces, presumably Army, Police and SOF. There has been little reporting on the PMU's activities for months.

One newsreel clip showed civilians leaving the last strongholds and for a short moment a soldier with a French flag on his uniform holding a small child. Other clips have shown what appear to be Iraqi soldiers with G3 rifles and the French Army's standard rifle (name lost).
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The 40% losses was for the Counter-Terrorism Forces/Golden Division.
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I just interviewed Ret. Col. David Witty about how the Mosul campaign went. Here's a link.
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Mosul Campaign Day 267.
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Continued reports that IS's Baghdadi has been killed.

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/chief-repo...131559475.html
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Post Mosul Liberation Day 1.
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Post Mosul Liberation Day 2. Fighting still going on inside city.
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Post Mosul Liberation Day 3.
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Post Mosul Liberation Day 4.
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Post Mosul Liberation Day 5. Heavy fighting still going on in Old City district.
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Post Mosul Liberation Day 6.
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Post Liberation Mosul day 7.
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Post Mosul Liberation Day 8 plus I calculated casualty figures for just iside Mosul during the campaign.
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SWJ Blog has a pointer to a WoTR article on the CTS:https://warontherocks.com/2017/07/th...nst-militancy/

The article refers to a forthcoming Brookings paper by David Witty, which I found today via Twitter. It is a slim detailed history:https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content..._Final_Web.pdf
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