Ever since ISIL fighters captured the city of Mosul in Northern Iraq in June 2014, it has been a vital stronghold for them.
But now there is a major military effort underway to drive the militants out of Mosul. Over the last week thousands of Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, with the assistance of United States military advisers, have launched an offensive to free the city.
It will not be an easy fight and there are worries, too, that thousands of refugees may be forced to flee.
For more on the situation in Mosul, CCTV’s Natalie Carney reports from Erbil.
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Tonight’s panel takes a look at the battle to re-take Mosul:
- Rend al-Rahim, a former Iraqi Ambassador to the United States and she is President of the Iraq Foundation
- Hiwa Osman, an Iraqi Kurdish journalist and commentator
- Stephen Miles, the advocacy director for the organization, Win Without War—a coalition formed in opposition to the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan