Paul E. Vallely, MG U.S. Army (ret.), discusses ‘The Battle For Mosul’ with Zain Khan.
The government of Iraq has decided on an offensive attack on ISIS. The operation to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS militants is progressing.






Australian Army officers Major Nathan Cooper (third right) and Captain George Flannery (right), and Australian Army soldier Lance Bombardier Yaser Nasralla listen to a briefing delivered by an Iraqi Army officer during urban warfare training at the Taji Military Complex in Iraq. *** Local Caption *** Australian and New Zealand soldiers are training members of the Iraqi Army to defeat the Daesh terrorist group. They are deployed on active service to Iraq as part of Task Group Taji. The training includes weapons handling, combat first aid, building clearances and obstacle breaching techniques, as well as instruction in the tactics, techniques and procedures for squad through to company-level operations for use in the fight against Daesh. Task Group Taji personnel - which include around 300 Australians and 100 New Zealanders - are based at the Taji Military Complex near Baghdad. They are training the Iraqi Army as part of the broader international Building Partner Capacity mission to Iraq. Australia’s Defence contribution to Iraq is named Operation OKRA, and includes a Special Operations Task Group and an Air Task Group.