Topic: Robert Caslen
The region, which has increasingly been at odds with Baghdad, holds elections Saturday for a new regional government.
In Mosul, the mechanics – and effectiveness – of US supporting role are not yet clear.
The survival of the country depends on bridging the Kurd-Arab divide.
The troops will form 'belts' around volatile cities like Mosul, where some fear gains in stability will be lost when US troops pull out on June 30.