Embedded with Iraqi Special Forces in Battle for Mosul

first published on January 5, 2017 by

An excellent piece of journalism on the battle for Mosul, as France24 reporters embed with Iraqi Special Forces “Golden Division” during their daily house-to-house, street-by-street fighting.

The Iraqi troops have reportedly taken 70 percent of eastern Mosul, and will reach the Tigris River within the coming days. A week ago, a new phase began in the fight where US troops were brought in to eastern Mosul to operate much closer to the frontline fighting, which will allow for better battle tracking, and therefore, a higher volume of airstrikes with better accuracy. The Western portion of the city is still entirely held by Islamic State forces.