For three years ISIS has controlled Mosul, Iraq, and for nine months Iraqi forces have fought desperately to take it back.
This week that campaign ended, with ISIS forces being expelled from the ancient city. There is much work still to do, land to take, people to free, and peace is still not guaranteed, but it marks an important moment in the Iraqi’s people fight for their country.
I’m reminded of this story by Luke Mogelson from The New Yorker about the fight to take Eastern Mosul. It is one of the most intense articles I have ever read, and you will better understand the men who are fighting for their country, what they think about and go through on a daily basis, and what motivates them to keep going.
Find some time, it’s worth reading.