The Independent: Isis digs in behind Mosul moat as battle for city looms
The group has been working hard this month to dig a 2m x 2m trench along the city’s perimeter
Isis is building a moat around Mosul in northern Iraq, in preparation for a long, hard battle against US-backed Iraqi government forces for the biggest city in the jihadists’ self-proclaimed caliphate.
The city of 2 million fell to the militants in 2014 in a lightning advance, and the offensive to recapture it will be the biggest battle Isis has ever fought.
Residents say the fighters have been sealing off entire districts and building a network of tunnels across the city to obstruct government troops.
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More News On The Upcoming Battle For Mosul
Isis starts work on moat around Mosul as battle for key Iraqi city looms -- IBTimes
Iraqi forces launch push to take town near Mosul from IS -- AP
US forces nearly ready to help Iraq push to retake Mosul -- CNN
2-star: 'Everybody's focused on Mosul' -- Army Times
U.S. general: Iraqi forces for Mosul push to be ready in October -- Reuters
Liberation of Iraq's Mosul could come quickly -- AFP
Obama, Iraqi leader vow rapid offensive to retake Mosul -- AP
Obama meets with Iraqi prime minister as Mosul fight looms -- Washington Post
Obama hopes for progress on Mosul by year-end -- Reuters