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U.S. Caught in a Vise Before Battle for Mosul Even Begins

It could be that the scorched earth ISIS will have left in the city will pale in comparison to the civil war that might break out after it’s gone.

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Shiite fighters from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) flash the sign of victory from the back of a truck as they drive towards the village of Umm Sijan, south of Mosul, on October 31, 2016 during Iraqi forces' operation to recapture the main hub city from Islamic State (IS) group's jihadists.
Shiite fighters from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) flash the sign of victory from the back of a truck as they drive towards the village of Umm Sijan, south of Mosul, Oct. 31, 2016.Credit: Ahmad Al-Rubaye, AFP Photo

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