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US Warns Worst Is Yet to Come in Battle for Mosul

• by Jason Ditz

From the beginning of the Iraqi invasion of the ISIS-held city of Mosul, US and Iraqi officials have repeatedly issued upbeat assessments, claiming the offensive is going at either the planned pace, or even slightly ahead of schedule, trying to present the offensive as having a certain level of ineivtability.

With early fighting centering on mostly empty villages, however, it's hard to imagine the offensive going anything but smoothly so far, and US officials are conceding that as they get closer to the city, ISIS is digging in, and the fighting is going to get alot uglier, and deadlier, when they actually reach the city.

Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend said the resistance so far was "pretty significant" and that there had been indirect fire and IEDs. That's going to seem a lot less significant by comparison when the troops reach the city, with thousands of ISIS fighters positioned.