The way the Iraqi army used to deal with ISIS, when that movement was taking large swaths of the country, was to throw down their weapons and run away. But now the Iraqi army is winning battles against ISIS. This is due to a replacement of corrupt officers, intense training at the hands of U.S. and coalition troops, and the increased confidence that comes from victories.
This week the Iraqis have started an offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, with over a million inhabitants. This will mean house-to-house fighting against the best ISIS has to offer. That will be the Iraqi army’s biggest test.
Jim Michaels gives details after the jump. [Read more…]