Mosul is one of the most ancient cities in the world, with archaeology dating to the 25th century BC and its first historic mention in ancient Greek.  That mention came in the work of Xenophon, sometime mercenary and friend of Socrates, and it describes a city that was already famous for repeated sieges.  On Monday evening local time, the Prime Minister of Iraq declared that the latest siege is over.  Pockets of resistance remain, but the city has been retaken from the Islamic State (ISIS).
American commanders working with the Iraqi coalition describe the situation as well in hand.  Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTFOIR) has congratulated the Iraqi leadership on the campaign in Mosul. Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend noted that the victory was won chiefly by the Iraqi military forces, with Coalition forces and various militias playing a supporting role.
LTG Townsend, who also commands the United States …
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