On the Ground in Mosul A Precarious Alliance Takes on Islamic State

The battle for Mosul, a key city for Islamic State, has begun. On one side, a fragile alliance with conflicting political goals, and on the other, a ruthless enemy who might go to extreme lengths to defend the Iraqi metropolis -- incluing chemical weapons.
Iraqi military vehicles south of Mosul

Iraqi military vehicles south of Mosul

Foto: THAIER AL-SUDANI/ REUTERS
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