This is coolbert:
From the Ron Unz Internet web site and the Patrick Cockburn archive that battle for Mosul now proceeding in a manner favorable to the combined forces of the Allied coalition. It is a done deal now?
"Iraq Army Makes Big Gains in Battle to Oust Isis from Mosul Stronghold" by Patrick Cockburn.
"Iraqi military forces are advancing towards the main complex of government buildings in the centre of west Mosul, indicating that Isis is losing control of its last big urban stronghold in Iraq."
Just a short while ago Patrick less than sanguine regarding the situation in Mosul and the offensive to oust the combatants of the Islamic state. That situation now has changed dramatically?
Continuing and concluding from Patrick:
"Isis is under pressure on all fronts, including Syria, where it has lost the town of al-Bab to Turkish forces and Arab auxiliaries under their control. Isis commanders must also prepare for an assault on its de facto Syrian capital of Raqqa by the Syrian Democratic Forces, whose main fighting force is drawn from the Syrian Kurds operating in cooperation with the US air force and US special forces on the ground. Isis is beset on every side but is likely to fight to the end, which may be a long time coming."
FIGHT UNTO THE END AND THEN EVEN BEYOND THAT AND USING STAY-BEHIND UNITS TO DO SO!
This is a "done deal". You the devoted reader to the blog decide for yourself.