Forces coming into the villages and areas around the ISIS capital are taking a more peaceful and understanding approach. It is clear that a slaughter or violent take over would be detrimental and devastating, eliminating the possibility of reconciliation.

The major focus and emphasis is on the preservation of life as they take control of these areas. Leaders in the Iraqi security force want to make changes from mistakes they have made in the past. One said that he wanted to show his troops by example of how they should act. He wants the forces to become seen by the people as protectors.

Read more at “Iraqi Forces Show New Face in Mosul” from the Wall Street Journal.