The Inconvenient Reality Behind the Long, Messy Battle for Mosul: A Special Report

The mainly Shi'ite Iraqi Army and the ill-equipped Kurdish Peshmerga are fighting independently and on separate fronts in an effort to recapture the Sunni city from ISIS ■ Part 1

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Iraqi soldiers in the Qayyarah area, some 60 km (35 miles) south of Mosul, October 2016.
Iraqi soldiers in the Qayyarah area, some 60 km (35 miles) south of Mosul, October 2016.
Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters fire a multiple rocket launcher near the town of Bashiqa, some 25 km north east of Mosul, October 20, 2016.Credit: Safin Hamed, AFP
Families who were displaced by the ongoing operation by Iraqi forces against the Islamic State group in Mosul, October 24, 2016.Credit: Bulent Kilic, AFP

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