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Old 26 Oct 16, 04:27
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Well.... its been over a week.

Any progress to report?
There has been an operational pause while the ISF coming in from the South catches up with its vanguard.

ISIS has been running distraction, launching attacks in other cities. Once Mosul falls, this is likely how it will continue, ISIS going underground and operating as a terrorist movement.
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Well the SF at least would remain out of sight and presumably the artillery would be deployed at considerable distance with forward spotting.

The reporter I heard was on hilltop overlooking the fighting.

Are there no French reporters there ?
Well France24 is making great reports from the frontline.

http://www.france24.com/en/20161019-...-islamic-state

But the french army is also called "la grande muette", they don't like to be on the screen.
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That's why I like radio reports, they can really go places TV crews can't, they can get there quickly, and there's much less manipulation involved.
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The Kurds in particular make good progress through deserted suburbs and sporadic attacks, bombs mostly.
Given the Kurds poor equipment, they seem to prove again that skill is more important than material.
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Given the Kurds poor equipment, they seem to prove again that skill is more important than material.
with some help from foreign Special forces and air forces
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Karama, Iraq (CNN)The eastern suburbs of ISIS-held Mosul are in sight, but the Iraqi forces trying to liberate the city are still struggling to get there.

ISIS snipers, relentless gunfire and mortar shelling are still keeping troops from penetrating the city's border.


CNN Senior International Correspondent Arwa Damon, traveling with US-trained Iraqi counterterrorism forces, was just 200 meters from Mosul's eastern perimeter on Wednesday, with just a barren berm between her and more than 1 million civilians trapped in the city.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/02/middle...-iraq-advance/


God be with the Iraqi army in this tough task. Other reports are suggesting that the leader of ISIL is trapped in Mosul.
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Kurds and Iraqis working together

Al-ZUHUR, Mosul-- Iraq's Special Forces fought their way further into the eastern outskirts of Mosul on Tuesday, gaining control of the Al-Zuhur neighborhood, located less than 5 kilometers from the Tigris River which virtually divides the city into two parts.

Chief of the Iraqi anti-terror forces told Rudaw Tuesday that the army is expected to control southern bank of the river "within days".

"As you see, there are still street clashes taking place in Zuhur, but God willing we will overcome these clashes and should be much closer to the Tigris in the coming days," Abdulwahab Saaedi told Rudaw.

Heavily supported by Apache helicopters overhead, the Iraqi army took most of the Zuhur district by Tuesday afternoon, but the affluent Mosul neighborhood was not in full army control before late in the evening, Rudaw correspondent Hividar Ahmed said.

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Kurdish President Massoud Barzani on Tuesday praised the operation for its "effectiveness" and the level of cooperation between the Iraqi and Peshmerga forces in Nineveh province.

http://rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/30112016

Good luck Iraqis, Good luck Kurds...crush ISIL.
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There has been an operational pause while the ISF coming in from the South catches up with its vanguard.

ISIS has been running distraction, launching attacks in other cities. Once Mosul falls, this is likely how it will continue, ISIS going underground and operating as a terrorist movement.
Despite initial rapid pace, the advance toward Mosul has been relatively uneven. Iraqi Special Operations Forces, tip of the spear, arrived at the city's eastern outskirts before the rest of the units. According to the initial battle plan, the assault into Mosul itself was to have begun only once the Iraqi army had converged on the city from three sides. However, al-Abadi reportedly ordered the ISOF to push into the city from single axis, hoping to sustain the advance's momentum and prevent the ISIS from regrouping. Furthermore, the original strategy provided for an avenue of escape to the west of Mosul, rendering ISIS fighters less prone to make a last stand in urban areas (a questionable tactic in my opinion), but Iraqi government bowed to the pressure eventually and allowed the Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces to close it. While the encirclement severed reinforcements and supplies, it also meant that uncoordinated advance from a single direction, coupled with the decision to keep fighters trapped in the city, has turned Mosul into a deadly urban last stand.

So far, the battle for Mosul has taken a tremendous toll on Iraq's armed forces. The United Nations estimates that nearly 2,000 Iraqi troops were killed in November alone, many of them in Mosul. ISOF have continued to bear the brunt of the attrition since entering Mosul, and these by Iraqi standards highly trained fighters are hard to replace. ISOF are an essential, but very finite resource. At least they are reinforced by the forward elements of the 9th Armored Division that have reached the eastern parts of the city. But some officers have complained that their tanks and armored vehicles are of little use in Mosul's dense urban terrain, where repeated ambushes have hit several of their convoys. The militant group is driving VBIEDs, difficult to efficiently counter with airstrikes or anti-tank missiles in dense areas, into advancing Iraqi forces in drovesó approximately up to 15 per day for a total of 600 by the last count. Small arms fire is similarly ineffective against the vehicles because of the armor that the Islamic State invariably bolts to them. Once the 15th and 16th Infantry divisions link up with the special operations forces and 9th Armored Division elements in the city, they will ease the burden on hard-pressed troops already in town. However, the 16th Infantry Division is still making slow progress northeast of the city, mopping ISIS positions along the eastern Tigris river bank, while the 15th Infantry Division is spread thin to the southwest from Mosul to Tal Afar covering PMF eastern flank and rear.

Secondly, Islamic State forces are well-prepared for the confrontation in Mosul. Even before the campaign began, Islamic State fighters built an intricate network of tunnels in the city that not only provides cover against airstrikes but also enables them to suddenly appear in neighborhoods that the Iraqi forces had previously declared clear. Around the town, particularly on west southern approach (in path of 16th Division and federal police), ISIS razed all buildings to the ground, creating wide and open fields devoid of any cover and vulnerable to withering fire from barricades erected on city outskirts.

All-in-all, it will be a long and bloody fight.
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It seems that the Iraqi goverment forces have nearly taken the entire eastern half of Mosul by now including the 5 main bridges across the Tigris river.
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Wonder why the Iraqis don't use IED's/EFP's to cover the routes into their positions like is done in Syria?

Interesting news piece on Iraqi quadcopters being bombed up with grenades fitted with shuttlecock tail assemblies

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/...uided-grenades
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