Fall of Mosul Would Mean End of ISIS ‘Caliphate’ in Iraq: U.S. General

img_0034Qayyarah Airbase, South of Mosul, Iraq — The American ground force commander in Iraq, Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, said U.S.-backed Iraqi forces have momentum on their side in the battle to drive ISIS out of its Iraq stronghold, the northern city of Mosul Volesky, speaking to NBC News in his first interview since the Mosul offensive began earlier this week, expressed confidence that the terror group will lose Mosul and with it, its caliphate, or Islamic state, in Iraq. “ISIS has said, this is the crown jewel of Iraq and its idea of a caliphate,” Volesky said. “There’s not going to be a caliphate, if there ever really was one. So for ISIL, this is going to be a key loss for them and it will be a loss”  Read More