BAGHDAD – The 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell is leading the 19-country coalition to support the liberation of Mosul from ISIS.
United States Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky said in a release from the 101st Airborne Division that he expects the offensive, called Operation Inherent Resolve, will be successful.
“Mosul will be a hard fight, but the Iraqi security forces are ready. They’ve been waiting to liberate Mosul for two years and today is the day,” said Maj. Gen. Valesky, the commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division.
Mosul is Iraq’s second largest city and the terror group’s last remaining stronghold in Iraq. More than one million civilians still live in the city.
The Pentagon recently announced the United States was sending 600 more troops to Iraq. There are currently more than 4,000 American troops in the country.