Voice Of America: Sectarian Disputes Plague Planning for Long-Awaited Battle of Mosul
With the long-awaited military assault on Mosul possibly just days away, U.S. officials are scrambling to resolve flaring disputes between allies in the coalition to liberate Iraq’s second largest city, the Islamic State’s last major urban stronghold in Iraq.
For weeks, the assault has been expected and had appeared imminent with coalition radio broadcasts and leaflets warning civilians in Mosul and identifying exit routes they can use to flee. But simmering disagreements between coalition allies appear to be worsening, especially over how the greater Mosul region of Nineveh will be governed after liberation and who should be involved in the fight to eject IS.
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Update #1: Sunni force pleads for Iraqi government help as Mosul fight looms (Reuters)
Update #2: Disunity as Kurds, Turks, Shia and Sunni Muslims fight over Mosul (The Australian)
WNU Editor: They better get their act together .... the fight for Mosul is not going to be easy .... Iraqi forces gird for grueling assault on ISIS stronghold of Mosul (FOX News).