Kurdistan’s K24 television station has created a YouTube live stream of the ongoing fight against the Islamic State in the city of Mosul.
The channel allows viewers to watch as the Kurdish Peshmerga and the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) conduct a major operation to liberate Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, from ISIS.
As many as 100,000 coalition forces are participating in the invasion, including 54,000 ISF and 40,000 Peshmerga, a senior Peshmerga commander told CNN.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the liberation of Mosul Sunday night, however, preparations for the operation began months ago. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noted in late February that initial operations against Mosul had already begun.
Mosul was home to approximately 2 million people before the rise of ISIS. The city represented the terrorist group’s greatest victory to date when it was captured in 2014. It is believed that as many as 1.5 million still live in the city, along with as many as 5,000 dug-in ISIS fighters.
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