Earth & Conservation

The Battle for Mosul Could End ISIS. Here's Why

With ISIS losing its territory in Iraq, the terrorist group is making its last stand in Mosul. Why is the city so crucial for the group?

One of the most surprising gains for ISIS was their capture of the second-largest city in Iraq, Mosul. But two years later, the terrorist organization has lost about half their territory in Iraq overall. Forces backed by the U.S. recently launched an operation to take back Mosul as well, which some experts say could help end ISIS for good.

Laura Ling explains why Mosul is such a crucial city in the fight against ISIS in this video.

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Vox: The Battle for Mosul, Explained

CNN: Why the Battle for Mosul Matters in the Fight Against ISIS

The Wall Street Journal: Islamic State Hijacks Mosul University Chemistry Lab for Making Bombs