Islamic State: Iraq launches operation to capture Mosul from terrorists:
-- The extremists are vastly outnumbered by as much as 10 to one. They are also fantastically outgunned, faced by an Iraqi military re-armed by the Americans, retrained by a coalition including Australia, and backed by formidable, and precise, air power.
-- There's even been a report (unconfirmed so far) that an extremist organisation of ex-Baathists, who cooperated with IS, has called for an uprising against their erstwhile allies.
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