Iraqi Forces Have Advanced on ISIS Held Villages

Iraq, isis

Kurdish troops have announced advancement on ISIS-invaded villages

The Short of It:

Iraqi military officials reported that they had advanced on a ISIS invaded district east of Mosul on Monday, in their first ever effort to reclaim Iraq's second-largest city from the Islamic State, since being seized by the terrorist group two years ago.

The Longer Version of It:

First, let's back it up:

The jihadist militant group found its footing in Iraq back in 2014, when they first seized the city of Mosul and made it their head quarters. The region was quickly devastated, at the time, over 2 million people lived in the city of Mosul, now it claims only 1 million residents. Since, Iraqi forces, supported by U.S. airstrikes, have worked to wear down the terror group's grasp at their de facto territory. ISIS, though, has managed to keep a first grasp on their claim of the city and is currently the group's last Iraqi garrison.

This might all sound familiar to you as you remember President Obama announcing that non-combat troops would be sent over to Iraq to help fortress the city of Mosul; well, now it's go time.

The Takeaway:

The Iraqi government is hopeful, but certain taking back the region will take some time. If they do manage to take down the terrorist group in the area whose violent rule has seen public beheadings and tight laws that control what women wear in public and prevent people from smoking, the move would mean one step closer to ridding Iraq of ISIS altogether. Not a bad deal.