12 Aug '17, 8am

Iraq's elite counter-terrorism force looks to rebuild after Mosul

WASHINGTON — The battle to liberate Iraq’s largest city of Mosul was of a scope and magnitude not seen since World War II, U.S. military officials in Baghdad said. Visible signs of destruction in the city are reminiscent of one of World War II’s bloodiest battles, Stalingrad. Spearheading the operation to liberate to populous city from the grips of Islamic State terrorist was Iraq’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service, or CTS. First on scene for the nearly nine-month push to oust ISIS from the beleaguered city, CTS operators have been at the front lines of nearly all of Iraq’s major offensive operations. From Ramadi to Fallujah and now Mosul, Iraq’s security forces have come to rely on the special forces unit in the fight against ISIS. However, that reliance has come at a steep cost. The CTS has suffered heavy losses in the drive to liberate the dense city of over one million ...

Full article: http://www.navytimes.com/flashpoints/2017/08/11/iraqs-eli...

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