The Battle for Mosul

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Chatham House, London


Hayder al-Khoei, Visiting Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, European Council on Foreign Relations
Mina Al Oraibi, Senior Fellow, The Institute for State Effectiveness
Renad Mansour, Academy Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Lina Khatib, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House


The battle to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, from ISIS is now underway, with thousands of soldiers from the Iraqi Security Forces augmented by the predominantly Shia Popular Mobilization Forces, the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga, and Sunni tribal fighters as well as hundreds of foreign troops from Iran, the US and Turkey.

With logistical difficulties around the coordination of the Iraqi army and various militias and tensions over any involvement of foreign troops, our panel will discuss the complexities at stake in the offensive as well as analysing the picture inside Mosul, where ISIS’s control structures are seemingly weakening in the face of an American-led military bombardment from the sky.

The panel will then look beyond the battle, to consider the political actors and arrangements that will likely emerge in a post-ISIS Mosul and to question whether the leadership will be able to avoid factional tensions that could arise as the city emerges from ISIS control.

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