The battle for Mosul in Iraq has been undertaken. An Allied force consisting of troops from the Iraq army, Kurdish fighters for the Peshmerga, Sunni tribal fighters, Iraq Army Special Forces, American Special Forces, and planes from the US and various European nations. At this moment, these troops have captured about 10 villages on the outskirts of Mosul. So,why is Mosul important?
1. It is the last ISIS stronghold in Iraq. One it is captured, ISIS no longer has any bases in Iraq.
2. Victory by the Allied forces would be the first time such a coalition has been able to cooperate and win a battle.
3. Victory in Mosul opens the road for this force to proceed to Syria and play a role in defeating ISIS in that country.
Of course, the next important issues–whether the Iraq government can now cooperate with the minority Sunnis in order to ensure long term peace in Iraq.