In an effort to recapture Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, the Iraqi government is hoping for the best but expecting the worst. The conflict is already anticipated to last several weeks and even several months. This alone will cause major destruction to Mosul without probable bombs being placed all over the city by ISIS members. Several cities recaptured from ISIS have been left with billions of dollars of damage with an additional millions of dollar needed just to remove the bombs. This will be one of the largest conflicts with ISIS. Iraqi and Kurdish ground troops have moved in with the US supporting the troops in the air.

I wonder how many civilian causalities are predicted for a battle this big for a city this large? With ISIS being such an extremist group, who has never cringed at the possibilities of civilian casualties, will not make the situation any better. The hope is that this event will be liberating one. I can imagine that the destruction and causalities will be better then the alternative: ISIS control over Mosul. But I can only wonder what those people have been going through since ISIS stepped through their door.