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Siege of Mosul (Scotland says "Yes")

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Siege of Mosul (Scotland says "Yes")
Part of the Tal Afar Offensive and Iraqi Civil War
Timeline: Scotland says "Yes"

Iraqi T-72 tanks
Peshmerga T-72s moving towards Mosul

date: 2nd March 2016 - 3rd April 2016
location: Mosul, Kurdistan
result: Mosul liberated from ISIL
Belligerents

Flag of KurdistanKurdistan

Flag of IraqIraq

Assyrian Militants

Sunni Arab Tribes


Air Strikes

Seal of the US Air ForceUSAF

AQMI Flag asymmetricISIL

The Seige of Mosul (also Battle of Mosul) was an offensive carried out by Kurdish and Iraqi forces and local militia with US Air Support.

Background

In January 2014 ISIL annexed Fallujah and Ramadi, and on June 4th they moved toward Mosul. While the Iraqi Government had 30,000 soldiers and ISIL just 1500, after six days of fighting the city and surrounding area, including Mosul International Airport and many helicopters, were under ISIL control, with hundreds of thousands of civilians and soldiers retreating.

For the next two years, Mosul was to be within the oppressive forces of ISIL.

History

Since the creation of an Independent Kurdistan, ISIL had been losing much land. However, on the 8th March 2016, the Peshmerga, using Russian equipment, such as T-72s and 2A65-Msta-Bs, launched a major assault and retook Tal Afar from ISIL. By the 9th they had secured offensive positions around the city, and on the 10th they besieged the city. On the 14th, major gains were made by the Peshmerga, pushing ISIL forces to the centre of the city. By the beginning of April Da'esh forces had been completely pushed out of the city, concluding the siege and offensive.



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