U.S.-backed Iraqi forces began an operation five months ago to recapture Mosul, a city at least four times the size of any other the group has held. The biggest battle in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003, it has been slow going, in part because hundreds of thousands of civilians remain in harm's way.
The 100,000-strong Iraqi force fully captured the eastern half of Mosul in January, and commanders began an operation to cross the Tigris and take the western half last month. Progress has since been steady and the coalition says its victory is now inevitable, which would dismantle the caliphate in Iraq.
U.S. and Iraqi officials believe the leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has left operational commanders behind with diehard followers to fight the battle of Mosul, and is now hiding out in the desert, focusing mainly on his own survival.YUP, that's right kids, the chickenshit commander is as gutless as most of the Islamic State fighters and is throwing his troops under the bus to save his own skin.
Oh these people are big, tough guys when a bunch of them are cutting the head off a shackled prisoner, but get them out in the open and you instantly recognize them by a big swath of yellow on the horizon!!!! (The worst part is it's not even about religion, it's just that these guys like cutting the heads off people!)
The sad part to all this is that the Islamist's are themselves making this a clash of civilizations ............., and as a result a lot of innocent Muslims are going to die!