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Battle for Mosul - 2014

In 2014 the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fought for and took control of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. The Iraqi Army simply disappeared - units evaporated - and the world was shocked. Iraqs second largest city was firmly in the control of ISIS by June of 2014.

Mosul. The city is a predominantly Sunni city with a population of 1.2 million. It is located in northern Iraq - about 350 miles north of Baghdad.

Soldiers and Police Fleeing. Many members of the Iraq army and police shed their uniforms and weapons and fled. Others attempted to blend into the city's population.

Residents Fleeing. Many of Mosul's residents have fled to Kurdish controlled areas of Iraq to include the large city of Erbil located to the east.

ISIS Supported by Sunnis. Many residents of Mosul were in support of ISIS after years of being marginalized by the Shite-led government. Resentment had built up after being unfairly targeted by security forces.

Turkish Truck Drivers held Hostage. ISIS captured and held almost 30 Turkish truck drivers who were transporting fuel. They were later released after long negotiations.

Lack of Cooperation with Kurds. The Shite-led government did little to coordinate the defense of Mosul with the relatively capability Kurdish forces. The prime minister of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region stated that the Iraqi security forces neglected to work with Kurdish forces.

News Reports on Battle for Mosul - 2014

June 13, 2014. "Iraqi soldiers, police drop weapons, flee posts in portions of Mosul". CNN News. Militants have seized control of Mosul's airport, TV stations, the governor's office, and almost all parts of the northern Iraqi city.


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