Leader of Iran’s elite Quds forces Qasem Soleimani is reportedly in Iraq to prepare for the battle for Mosul, Rudaw reports. Soleimani will be helping the Iraqi army and the largely Shia Popular Mobilization Units prepare for the upcoming effort to take the city from Daesh (ISIS).
His visit has yet to create much of a stir, and those hoping for a stable, post-Daesh Iraq hope it stays that way. In July, president of Iraqi Kurdistan Masoud Barzani said that peshmerga (Kurdish military) forces will take part in the liberation of Mosul, but will remain outside the city. Also in July, the Iraqi government warned peshmerga not to enter the city.
The battle for Mosul differs from that of Fallujha in that Mosul lies in Iraq’s Nineveh region, parts of which are disputed between Iraqi and Kurdish forces.
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