Following months of preparations, the Iraqi army and Kurdish ‘Peshmerga’ forces backed by the US-led coalition have launched an operation to recapture the Islamic State-held city of Mosul. The city is considered-to-be the most significant stronghold of the extreme Muslim group in Iraq, from where the leader of the Islamic StateAbu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in 2014.
To discuss the operation and its significance, I’m joined in the studio by;
1 Doctor Ephraim Kam, Senior Researcher – the Institute of National Security Studies
2 Doctor Nir Boms, Research Fellow – the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University
Analyst: Mr. Amir Oren