Inside Story – Is the Iraqi army ready to liberate Mosul?

Iraq’s Prime Minister says government forces and their allies will retake control of Mosul by the end of the year.

It’s been an effective summer for Iraqi forces battling ISIL.

Now, they’re fighting to retake Iraq’s second biggest city – Mosul – which has been under ISIL control for more than two years.

The Iraqi army, Kurdish forces, Shia militias and the US air force are all converging on the city from different directions.

Iraqi soldiers re-took Qayara on Saturday. It’s an oil-producing town that’s about 70 kilometres south of Mosul, and near a major air base. The Iraqi army had been fighting for control of Qayara for several weeks.

Now, Prime Minister Haider al Abadi says Mosul will be captured by the end of the year.

So, how ready are government forces? and what does the offensive mean for a united Iraq? and ISIL?

Presenter: Sami Zeidan

Ghassan Al Attiyah – Head of the Iraqi National Initiative, a secular movement that aims to bridge sectarian divides in Iraq.
Wladimir van Wilgenburg – Journalist and Political Analyst focusing on Kurdish Politics.
Zaid Al Ali – Author of the book ‘The Struggle for Iraq’s future’ and former Adviser to the United Nations.

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