What about Mosul?
This Fox story gives an overview of the battle, but let's talk Mosul for a moment. Many tidbits in this article. "The U.S. Army diverted an infantry battalion from the fighting in Fallujah and sent them back to Mosul after an uprising there by insurgents, U.S. military officials said Saturday. "The 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, a unit of the 25th Infantry Division, was ordered back to Mosul late Thursday after militants attacked bridges, police stations and government buildings in the city, officials said." [Ah ha! So in addition to the Black Watch, 3rd LAR, 2nd Recon Bn, and possibly 1/2, at least one Stryker battalion was participating in the cordoning of the city. This makes sense -- seems that Strykers could be employed in a very similar manner to Light Armored Vehicles, which comprise 3rd LAR.] "The battalion, which is now part of the Stryker Brigade of Task Force Olympia, was already back in the Mosul area." [Not surprising -- speed is the forte of these units -- much more so than their armor. Are any other Stryker Bns in the cordon?] [Assessment of events in Mosul: The attacks there by insurgents this week were part of a pre-planned strike to coincide with the Fallujah operation, not a result of insurgents moving from Fallujah to Mosul. While some reports note that many key buildings are in the hands of insurgents, it seems that they have no hope of more than a short-term presence. Mosul is a largely Kurdish city, and the Kurds will have little use for the insurgents.] [ An alert reader wants me to draw your attention the the blog, A star from Mosul, authored by a teenage girl living there.]