Monday, July 03, 2017

It's not liberation

some of Felipe Dana’s amazing drone footage of Mosul today - our full story w here:

Day 253 of The Mosul Slog.

Watch that video, see the destruction of Mosul.

Does it really look like a 'win'?

And yet still it continues?

Counter-Terrorism now engaged in fierce clashes with militants in Ras Al-Kour & AL-Mayadeen neighborhoods in Old City.

When will it end?

The prime minister Hayder al-Abadi claimed that Mosul would be liberated last month because it was the month of June -- in 2014 -- when the Islamic State seized control of Mosul.

Of course, the prime minister has repeatedly made announcements saying Mosul would be liberated by X only for those statements to prove false.

Day 253 of an operation that began in October of last year.

At some point, it will conclude.

But it's far too late to sell it as a victory.

Not only has it taken too long but the operation has also destroyed Mosul.

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