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The Monitor's View Iraq’s opportunity in the battle for Mosul

As Iraq prepares to retake its second-largest city from Islamic State, it can use the expected victory to renew efforts to restore an historic harmony between Sunnis and Shiites.

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In the next few weeks or months, the Iraqi Army is expected to fight “the mother of all battles” against Islamic State. With American support, it plans to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city and IS’s main stronghold since 2014. A victory would deal a decisive blow to IS’s self-proclaimed caliphate.

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