Sectarian Disputes Plague Planning for Long-Awaited Battle of Mosul

October 9, 2016 7:52 PM

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Sectarian Disputes Plague Planning for Long-Awaited Battle of Mosul

With the long-awaited military assault on Mosul possibly just days away, U.S. officials are scrambling to resolve flaring disputes between allies in the coalition to liberate Iraq’s second largest city, the Islamic State’s last major urban stronghold in Iraq.

For weeks, the assault has been expected and had appeared imminent with coalition radio broadcasts and leaflets warning civilians in Mosul and identifying exit routes they can use to flee. But simmering disagreements between coalition allies appear to be worsening, especially over how the greater Mo...

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