This is coolbert:
From the Chicago Tribune as of this last Sunday:
"Iraq's special forces shrink ISIS stronghold in western Mosul"
"BAGHDAD - - Iraq's special forces declared their aspect of the mission to reclaim Mosul completed Saturday. However heavy fighting still looms between other Iraqi forces and the Islamic State group, which clings to a dwindling portion of Iraq's second largest city."
Stalingrad in the desert continues and has done so for SEVEN FULL MONTHS NOW!
I think everyone knew Mosul was going to be hard but did anyone anticipate it was going to be this hard? Urban warfare everyone grants is difficult. Especially if YOUR ADVERSARY HAS HAD SEVERAL YEARS TO PREPARE!
See previous blog entries the topic of which was the battle for Mosul: