Islamic State conflict: How will the battle for Mosul unfold?
Little by little, plans are leaking out regarding the imminent battle to remove so-called Islamic State (IS) from Mosul, Iraq's second largest city.
Michael Fallon, the UK defence secretary, said military co-operation agreements were finalised on 23 September, adding that "the encirclement operation will begin in the next few weeks" with Mosul being liberated "in the next few months".
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan went even further, obligingly providing the start-date of the offensive, 19 October.
What can be said with certainty is that the liberation of Mosul... read more
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