Arab World: Why hasn’t the Iraqi army taken Mosul?

On December 2, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq released casualty figures for the month of November. A total of 1,959 members of the Iraqi Security Forces had been killed and 450 wounded. The figures included members of the Peshmerga and Iraqi Police and were for the whole country. But almost all had been killed in the fight for Mosul.

“Daesh has been employing the most vicious tactics” in the battle for Mosul, according to Jan Kubis, the special representative and head of UNAMI. The number of casualties was “staggering,” Kubis said.


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