Credit: Iraqi Army facebook pageThe Battle for Mosul Has Begun. What Will Be the Aftermath? Mark Leon Goldberg October 27, 2016 By: Mark Leon Goldberg on October 27, 2016 Mosul is Iraq’s second largest city, and in 2014 ISIS militants took the city as Iraqi army units fled. Now, a large scale military operation backed by the United States is underway to regain control of the city, which is situated in Northern Iraq. The fight to re-take Mosul will likely create hundreds of thousands of displaced people. It may also have profound domestic and regional political implications, says my guest today Kirk Sowell, publisher of the Inside Iraqi Politics newsletter. He argues in a recent piece published by the Carnegie Endowment that the operation to retake mosul is part of a broader power struggle between Turkey and Iraq. The conversation you are about to hear explains the political and diplomatic context in which this battle is taking place.