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Kurdish Peshmerga Fighters Waiting for Mosul Battle Plan

Makhmour stands on the edge of the divide between the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Islamic State militants. From behind the sandbags at the final Peshmerga base, on the horizon you can see a water tower with the black IS banner draped across it. “That village,” one Peshmerga soldier said, pointing to a line of houses on the horizon, “is under the control of Daesh.” IS fighters are tough In 2014, the land the soldiers were standing on was also controlled by IS, or Daesh, as...

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