International media attention is currently focused on the offensive launched against the Daesh (Isis/Isil) stronghold of Mosul in Iraq; and on the looming humanitarian disaster there. Turkey and Syria, meanwhile, appear to have their sights set on Kurdish communities, which have been some of the most effective opponents of Daesh in recent years.
As the humanitarian disaster in Syria continues, the media will also be issuing daily reports on the Mosul Offensive in coming days and weeks. The Iraqi city’s liberation would be a major blow to Daesh, but would also offer spoils – like access to vast oil fields – to the victors. This explains in part why so many different groups want to participate in the coalition-led attack.
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