CNN: Battle for Mosul: Inside US outpost directing war against ISIS
Qayyara West air base (CNN)"Don't worry, general, it's coming."
The person speaking is a US soldier stationed at one of a multitude of monitors tracking the flight of drones in the skies above Mosul, Iraq. In front of him is Gen. Nejim al Jobouri, the head of the operation to retake Mosul for the Iraqi army.
They're in a crowded operations room at the sprawling Qayyara West Airbase, 31 miles (50 kilometers) south of Mosul. It's the nerve-center of the campaign to obliterate ISIS fighters, their weapons caches, bomb factories and tunnels around the city.
"Countdown 40 seconds," the same soldier at the monitors announces.
The target is a group of militants traveling near Mosul. They have no idea they're in the cross hairs of a US drone armed with a payload of missiles.
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WNU Editor: U.S. boots are definitely on the ground in Iraq waging war against the Islamic State.