A final Mosul update for a week

 
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A final Mosul update for a week

I know people probably think I am overdoing it on the Mosul coverage this week, but this really is key to taking out ISIS.  Which is obviously important in and of itself, with the added importance that the army announced the new unit headed there this winter:

The U.S. Army announced Thursday it will deploy 1,700 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division this winter to advise and assist Iraqi Security Forces currently trying to retake Mosul from Islamic State fighters.

The 82nd Airborne's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, will deploy to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to take part in Operation Inherent Resolve, according to an Army press release.

The unit will replace the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, in training, advising and assisting the Iraqi forces.

Anyway, that brings me to this video.  I've screen capped it above, but that guy is wearing a 1 ID patch, which is in and of itself interesting.

Seems like the BBC and other foreign networks are doing a much better job at covering what we have going on there than our own news.  Now I don't watch the news very regularly since TV seems to be at least a day behind everything I can find on the internet, but I don't remember the last time I saw a good US based report like this one.

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Seeing ISIS taken down is great news. Ultimately the military phase will end - hopefully sooner than later and with a decisive victory by Iraqi forces assisted by other organizations (Peshmerga, US military forces, etc.)
Longer term, the Iraqis will have to deal with the political phase - Sunni Moslems living in accord with Shia Moslems along with other non- Moslem religions. That will be the harder part and will take time. I wish them well in their efforts.

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News from the World of Military and Veterans Issues. Iraq and A-Stan in parenthesis reflects that the author is currently deployed to that theater.