The Battle for Mosul: Current Tactics, Future Fallout

Oct. 27, 2016 The Islamic State faces the possibility of losing its largest stronghold in Iraq.

Summary

This battlefield assessment of the impending fight for the Islamic State-controlled city of Mosul surveys the battlefield’s geography, examines the capabilities of the numerous states and groups that have committed resources to the battle, and explains the steps taken by both sides to date. This report concludes that while the Islamic State is outmanned and outgunned, it is in a highly advantageous defensive position that will enable it to inflict serious enough casualties on the attacking force that any coalition victory will be...

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